Serving up a treat on Global Scouse Day

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Scouse stew. Pic © Takashi Hososhima Wikimedia Commons

In a city so proud of its heritage and culture, Liverpudlians celebrated the delights of its most famous food on Global Scouse Day.

An annual occasion, the day is primarily based around Scouse – the dish that is so synonymous with Liverpool – with bars, restaurants and landmarks both locally and around the world showcasing what makes the city so special.

Adventurer and filmmaker, Graham Hughes, was the inspiration behind the event, with a ‘Scouse supper’ being held on his birthday every year, and the idea has grown wings ever since.

He said: “It started in 2006 when I invited a group of friends over to my flat in Orrell Park for scouse on my birthday. It became an annual thing for us and when I left the country to go travelling, I encouraged my friends, via Facebook, to continue the tradition.”

Now an annual fixture in the calendar, Global Scouse Day helps to raise funds for charities such as The Whitechapel Centre, while providing free food to homeless people in the region.

Sefton Park Palm House was one of a number of venues in Liverpool playing host to a themed night on Thursday, with much on offer for guests to enjoy through the day and into the night.

The place was swarmed by visitors throughout the day, all basking in the live music, entertainment and local delicacies that were on offer.

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Kate Martinez, Palm House Experience Manager, told JMU Journalism: “Today is something that can’t be missed for true Scousers and any others in the area.

“Here at Palm House we’re celebrating everything that our brilliant city has to offer. There are a number of pop-up stalls, bars and much more, as well as live music across the whole day. Global Scouse Day gets bigger and better every year, and we expect that to continue this year.”

Local illustrator, Sean Webster, was one of the contributors at the event, selling some of his artwork. He told JMU Journalism: “Today is a good opportunity to get my name out there and show people what I can do.”

Local group Redhouse took to the stage in the evening with renditions of classics from The Beatles, as well as paying tribute to iconic figures such as Cilla Black and The La’s.

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