Archbishop of York visits Birkenhead
The Archbishop of York has visited Birkenhead on a tour of the borough which included a visit to St Catherine’s Hospital, Cammell Laird, the Hive Youth Zone and YMCA Wirral.
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, is President of the YMCA in England and Wales. On Saturday he met with YMCA Wirral, greeted by its Chief Executive, Nigel Hughes when he re-dedicated the YMCA building in Whetstone Lane.
The YMCA moved this new location in Birkenhead after it was decided to erect a purpose built building with state of the art facilities. This was completed in July 2007 and was officially opened on Friday 21st September, by HRH The Duke of Kent.
Wirral Chamber of Commerce and the Birkenhead Improvement District BID initiative supported the event and following the rededication of the building and meeting a number of guests and YMCA clients, Dr Sentamu was taken on a short visit to the main retail centre of Birkenhead.
Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce said, “We were very happy to offer our support to YMCA Wirral for this very significant event on its Birkenhead timeline. It provides such valuable services for the community and it was a great tribute to its staff and the work they do that The Archbishop of York has visited and re-deducated the building. We were very pleased that Dr Sentamu was able to spend some time with our Birkenhead Business Improvement (BID) Manager when he visited the retail area to understand what we are trying to achieve with the BID initiative”
Earlier in the week he met residents and business owners in the New Ferry area and took time to praise the area's community spirit. Dr Sentamu was joined for the walk in New Ferry by Wirral South MP Alison McGovern and the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan.