More than 150 people joined us on Saturday (5th September) as we renamed a park after a local resident following a public art competition in St Helens devised by Artist Joshua Sofaer.
The winning nomination of Your Name Here was Vera Bowes, who nominated herself as a child when she was known as Vera Page. She was in her park on Saturday alongside many other nominees, whose stories have created a portrait of the borough of St.Helens through this project.
Hundreds of entries were submitted over the course of the campaign which offered people the opportunity to nominate someone in the town to have the park named after them.
A judging panel including Council Leader Cllr Barrie Grunewald, comedian and actor Johnny Vegas, Saints’ James Roby and artist duo Yellow Door Artists created a shortlist from hundreds of nominations and selected Vera Page as winner.
St Helens Male Voice Choir opened the event in the former Lyons Yard, Ravenshead Greenway, with a performance including a special commissioned piece for Vera.
Free workshops by artists Claire Weetman, Angela Wilkinson, Alison Kershaw, Michelle Wren, Jane Barwood and Jeni McConnell ran throughout the afternoon alongside garden games, tasty treats and rugby drills.
Artist Joshua Sofaer, said: “There were a number of themes that emerged from Your Name Here: stories of forgotten figures from St Helens; people who have given to their community; nominations for loved family members and tributes to friends; memorials for those who have passed; and people who nominated themselves with very different reasons. Nominations were sometimes funny, often deeply moving, and always sincere.”
“This has been a wonderful event to mark a fantastic project and I’d like to thank the borough for their response to Your Name Here from day one.”
You can find out more about some of the nominations in an eight-page pull out published and distributed through the September 9th edition of the St Helens Star.