THOUSANDS of schoolchildren in Liverpool will be sitting down to eat scouse at lunchtime on Tuesday 28 February to celebrate Global Scouse Day. Pupils at around 30 primary schools are being served the traditional dish that has been a staple in the city for generations. Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, Councillor Nick Small, will be joining pupils at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in the city centre to mark the occasion. Councillor Small said: “There is no better way for our young people to celebrate Global Scouse Day than with a meal of scouse – it’s a hearty and healthy dish which is easy and cheap to prepare. “I am delighted that so many of our schools are marking the occasion by serving it up to our young people on International Scouse Day.” Scouse is a lamb or beef stew with potatoes, carrots and onions usually served with pickled beetroot or cabbage and bread. The word comes from ‘lobscouse’, a stew commonly eaten by sailors throughout Northern Europe, which became popular in seaports. The following primary schools are taking part: Belle Vale; Booker Ave Infants; Booker Ave Junior; Christ The King Catholic Primary; Gilmour Junior; Holy Cross Catholic Primary; Hunts Cross; Knotty Ash; Matthew Arnold; Mosspits; Much Woolton Catholic Primary; Norman Pannell; Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary; Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary; Phoenix; Rudston; St Ambrose Catholic Primary; St Cecilia’s Catholic Junior; St Charles Catholic Primary; St Christopher’s Catholic Primary; St Clare’s Catholic Primary; St Cleopas CoE Primary; St Gregory’s Catholic Primary; St Nicholas Catholic Primary; St Paschal Baylon Catholic Primary; St Paul’s Catholic Junior and The Trinity Catholic Primary. More information about Global Scouse Day can be found at www.globalscouseday.com or by following @globalscouseday on Twitter.