Heritage trail launched in Toxteth to celebrate area's historic community
A heritage trail has been launched to celebrate the historic community of Toxteth.
The trail, which was officially launched yesterday by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, shows some of the area’s architectural treasures such as the Florence Institute, Toxteth town hall, St James in the City church and the Grade-II listed Princes Park.
The trail plots a route through Toxteth, explaining how the area has developed over the years.
Cllr Steve Munby, the cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "It’s a part of our lives, our history here. We love this area.
"Even those people who have lived in this area all their lives will almost certainly find things they do not know about their neighbourhood if they follow the trail."
The launch was attended by local community representatives and historians.
Ayesha Mason, 36, a former pupil at Toxteth’s Tiber Street school, said: "It’s exciting. I have butterflies in my tummy. It’s great to be here."
Ivan Freeman, community organiser, said: "We are here to show the beauty and reflect the heritage and the community of L8. I take pride in this area."
The trail is marked by banners and display boards as well as blue footprints on the pavements.
Pedestrians and cyclists can tackle the full three-and-a-half mile trail in full or in the five stages, each of which has its own character.
Femi Sowade, general manager of The Florrie, said: "I came into the area in 1980. I think the Toxteth area is full of many different people. We should now celebrate that. It’s about time we put some energy into the area."
Cllr Munby added: "It’s about celebrating, reviving the area. Looking back at the past, we also look forward to the future."
The trail is part of the Love L8 project that shows what Toxteth has to offer.
For maps or brochures contact the Park Road Offices of Plus Dane on 0151 330 3519.
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[Image: The launch of the Toxteth Heritage Trail,by the Mayor of Liverpool,Joe Anderson]