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Borough of Culture Ambassador Award caps off momentous week for Cammell Laird

posted on October 2, 2019 categories In The Community

Wirral Council has honoured Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird with a Borough of Culture Ambassador Award, capping off a momentous week for the company.

The award was presented to Cammell Laird’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Graham by Cllr Christine Spriggs, Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, during the opening of the Women of Iron photographic exhibition at Williamson Art Gallery & Museum on Friday night.

Just over 24 hours earlier, a crowd of thousands had gathered at Cammell Laird’s shipyard on the banks of the River Mersey to watch the UK’s new polar research ship officially named RRS Sir David Attenborough by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A full programme of events marking Wirral’s year as Borough of Culture for Liverpool City Region began in March, and the council’s ambassador awards aim to celebrate the people and organisations that make Wirral special.

Cammell Laird has supported a number of cultural events throughout 2019, starting with the Animated Square projection show at Birkenhead Town Hall in March. The company was also proud to be associated with Six Vessels, the opening exhibition of this year’s Made of Iron series, celebrating the story of Wirral’s shipbuilding and maritime heritage.

Down Our Street, a musical play that celebrates life at Cammell Laird from the industrial revolution to the present day was recently staged at the Floral Pavilion, while the Women of Iron photographic exhibition will run until November 24.

Mr Graham said: “Being called to receive this award at the opening of Women of Iron was a wonderful surprise. Cammell Laird is immensely proud of the role it plays in the community and for the shipyard to have been recognised by the Council as an ambassador for Wirral is a great honour.

“The past few months have seen numerous exciting and historic moments for the shipyard, including the completion of the Ro-Ro freight ship Red Kestrel for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel in April, and of course, last week’s naming of RRS Sir David Attenborough. We’re also delighted to have been able to lend our support to the Wirral Borough of Culture 2019 programme, and to have seen Cammell Laird’s history brought to life through some excellent exhibitions and events.”

Cllr Christine Spriggs, Cabinet Member for Culture & Tourism, said: “As part of our Borough of Culture year, we want to celebrate the people and organisations which make Wirral special.

“Cammell Laird as an organisation is a worthy recipient of the award, having been an integral part of Wirral’s Borough of Culture from the outset – with the build of the RRS Sir David Attenborough inspiring the programme’s themes of discovery and exploration. Events and exhibitions have reflected the importance of Lairds to Wirral – from images and references in the astonishing Animated Square projection show at Birkenhead Town Hall to major new interpretations of Birkenhead’s shipbuilding heritage – Made of Iron and Women of Iron – at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum.”

Main image: Tony Graham, Cammell Laird Chief Operating Officer, being presented with a Wirral Ambassador award by Cllr Christine Spriggs, Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.