A picturesque town with more than 900 Grade II listed houses and public buildings, Port Sunlight was founded in 1888 by the industrialist William Lever as a self-contained community for his soap factory workers.
The village today is an immaculately preserved example of early town planning. A prototypical garden city, Port Sunlight’s manicured gardens and parklands offer abundant green space for the village’s residents and visitors, while cultural institutions like the Lady Lever Art Gallery and The Gladstone Theatre provide access to the arts.
With just 2,000 residents, Port Sunlight is home to a small but thriving community
We noticed that households around the UK had started to display handmade pictures of rainbows, thanking NHS staff and keyworkers. With Adrian being a keyworker and myself having been a keyworker in the past, we felt we wanted to show our appreciation to all these special people in another way.
We had made seating for our back yardin (garden) in the past from old pallets, so we decided to make a sign with the rainbow colours, adding in clouds and the NHS sign. The sign became a talking point with locals and visitors to the village and we had many a conversation with people. It also became a focal point for our 2020 floral tribute, which was blue and white to honour all NHS and keyworkers.
But this is a small contribution to those who have worked so hard throughout this pandemic. We have kept the sign out into 2021 as unfortunately COVID-19 is not going away as quickly as we would like, and we feel that all the keyworkers and NHS should not be forgotten anytime soon. With the vaccine now being rolled out, we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.
This time has made us reflect on the importance of family, friends, life and would like to take this opportunity to pray of all those who have lost their lives during 2020-2021.