Liverpool – the heart of Merseyside and the diamond of the North West – is arguably one of the best cities you could ever have the pleasure to visit or live in. Known for its diverse culture, the glorious listed buildings, exciting nightlife, sporting success and much more, there are hundreds of things that make Liverpool the impressive and unique place it is today.
But what is it that really makes Liverpool the legendary city that it is? – the people.
Whether you are a Liverpudlian born and bred, or a wanna-be Scouser like me, you’ll be sure to agree that the people are at the heart of this city.
Firstly, there is no such thing as a stereotypical Liverpudlian thanks to the diversity, from having its own China town to the range of nationalities that study and work within the three universities. This cultural diversity is also accompanied by educational benefit and increasing co-operation within the work place and social settings.
However, it’s not only the diversity, but also the friendliness of the people that gives Liverpool so much charm. Consistently voted and reported as one of the most generous, friendly and safest cities in the country, the only thing Liverpool will be running away with is your heart. With thousands of tourists flocking to the city every year, many quickly realise why it is so easy fall in love with the people of Liverpool. Visitors will find that Scousers are eager to have a chat and help at any given situation. It is this friendliness and the kindness of the people which makes the city so exciting and welcoming.
Finally, it is the overwhelming sense of community that sets Liverpool apart from the rest – from an inspirational desire to support small independent businesses through Independent Liverpool, to huge numbers of people volunteering to tackle issues within the city. Whilst the North West has been hit hard by homelessness over recent years in particular, the people of Liverpool have pulled together and shown nothing but pure altruism, care and compassion towards the homeless. Charities such as the Whitechapel Centre have helped bring the city closer together by organising sponsored sleep outs, housing support for those most in need and much more. It’s the genuine care that the people of Liverpool have for their own city that sets it above the rest.
So, whether you’re a red, a blue, or anything in between, the diverse, friendly and historical city of Liverpool will be sure to welcome you into her open arms.
A contribution by Bethany Fisher, Psychology student at The University of Liverpool.