Proposal to rename ferry terminal after late singer

METRO Mayor Steve Rotheram has unveiled proposals to rename the Pier Head Ferry Terminal in Liverpool to celebrate the legacy of Merseybeat legend Gerry Marsden.

The proposed new name – The Liverpool Gerry Marsden Ferry Terminal – would commemorate the historic link between the music icon and the Mersey Ferries.

Gerry, who passed away in January this year, was the frontman for sixties beat group Gerry and the Pacemakers.

He will be forever associated with the Mersey Ferries through their classic song ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’, a famous anthem released in 1964, and the musical film released the following year.

The song is still played on Mersey Ferry River Explorer Cruises every day, representing the historic link between Gerry and the ferries which has lasted for more than 50 years. He was also given the honorary Freedom of the Ferries award in 1985.

The Combined Authority is asking for people’s views on the proposal, which has been developed in discussion with Gerry’s family.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “Gerry was an iconic figure whose music helped establish our region on a global scale. He was a proud champion of the Liverpool City Region, and we are forever grateful to him the legacy he leaves. His words forever immortalised our famous Mersey Ferry in the minds of so many.”

A spokesperson for the family said: “Gerry was an amazing husband, dad and grandad and his loss has left a huge gap for the family.

“Gerry was a larger than life character who touched so many hearts. He always had a special place in his heart for Mersey Ferries and was so proud to be associated with him them. This seems such a fitting tribute to celebrate that relationship and create a legacy for the region.”

Anyone wishing to provide comments can visit until Sunday 3 October.

Alternatively, feedback postcards are also available from the Pier Head and Woodside Ferry Terminals.