The highlight of July was a wonderful day spent in Liverpool for our eldest daughter Alice’s graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool. She spent three fantastic years studying International Politics and Policy and enjoying all that this amazing city has to offer. The weather was perfect, the city full of buzz and champagne, celebrating students and tearful parents.
For Alice, a large part of her student experience was taken up by the Royal Navy University Unit. She was able to take part in naval training, summer deployments in Europe and has made her even more determined to pursue a naval career.
As a family, it has been great to re-connect with Tim’s home county of Lancashire and to get to know the city of his mother’s birth a bit better. The university lies a stone’s throw away from Rodney Street where Tim’s grandfather’s chiropody surgery was. It certainly feels like we will always have roots in Liverpool, obviously from Tim’s side of the family but also the city’s historically close ties with Sweden. The first church service for Scandinavian seamen and the growing number of emigrants on their way to North America was held in 1870. In the early 1880s the annual number of Scandinavian emigrants passing through Liverpool reached 50,000 and the new population validated church services, pastoral care and the building of the first church outside of Sweden. The Gustav Adolf Church was completed in 1884, and can be found near the docks in the Baltic Triangle area of the city, where nowadays the church hosts the thriving Nordic Church and Cultural Centre. Liverpool, we will be back!