Liverpool Fan Volunteers To Help Clean Up Following The Celebrations
Volunteers set about this morning to participate in a huge clean up operation following celebrations after the city's team were crowned Premier League champions.
One of those helpers was a Liverpool fan called Mark Cowell who set about organising a group to come together today (27 June).
The father, who runs mental health support and community group Awakened Souls Events, had a litter picker in one hand and a bin bag in the other as he tackled Pier Head.
Mark rounded up a group of around 25 volunteers and told the Liverpool Echo: "When we first got there it was unbelievable, it was like a war zone.
"But we spent about three hours litter picking and it is spotless now."
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Out making a difference AWAKENED SOULS EVENTS WE ARE FROM LIVERPOOL WE ARE A CITY OF PASSION WE ARE A CITY FULL OF GOOD POSITIVE PEOPLE AND TALENT OUR YOUNGER GENERATION WILL SEE THE CHANGE AND SEE THE NEW WAY OF LIFE. BE GREATFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE GOT AND RESPECT OUR CITY :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
Mark was there himself last night (26 June) as crowds descended on the city centre location but says he left before things got out of hand.
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He continued: "I was there last night with my kids and the atmosphere was electric, I enjoyed every minute of it. You can't blame the city for going out and celebrating, I think any city in the whole world would have done the same.
"The city is full of passionate people. Yes, go out and have a party, celebrate, but I would say take your rubbish away with you."
Following the mass gathering at the Pier Head last night, @mayor_anderson has written to the people of #Liverpool expressing his sadness and disappointment.- Liverpool City Council (@lpoolcouncil) June 27, 2020
Read the letter in full here: https://t.co/x6KcJD7rdc pic.twitter.com/SaEOUGJtQt
Despite the majority of fans celebrating peacefully, the night did end up resulting in a number of injuries which has led to a joint statement being released from Liverpool Football Club, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police.
It said: "Throughout the last week, Liverpool Football Club, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly, have worked together to consistently remind people that the region is still disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and ask people to celebrate LFC's Premier League title win safely.
"Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday 26 June and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.
"Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.
"The potential danger of a second peak of COVID-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don't undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown.
"When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority."
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