The Pier Head ferry port in Liverpool has been renamed after Merseybeat musician Gerry Marsden.
In January 2021, Gerry and the Pacemakers’ leader died at the age of 78.
He grew raised near the Mersey River and, thanks to his 1964 song Ferry Across the Mersey, has a long history with Mersey Ferries.
“Dad adored this city and its people,” his daughter Yvette Marbeck said, “and he would be very delighted to have the ferry port called in his honor.”
At the Liverpool Gerry Marsden Ferry Terminal, a 12-foot-high mural honoring the singer-songwriter, whose rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone became a terrace anthem for his local club Liverpool, has also been placed.
Rick Myers, a sculptor and artist, designed and built it.
Ms Marbeck expressed her family’s pride and honor at the “beautiful homage to dad.”
This, she argued, will be a “lasting legacy” with his music.
“Dad adored this city and its people, and he would be ecstatic to have the ferry port dedicated in his honor,” she said, “since this land is the location I love, and here I’ll stay.”
“Gerry was an iconic character whose music helped establish our area on a worldwide scale,” stated Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool City Region.
He described himself as a “proud advocate” of Liverpool, adding that “we will be eternally thankful to him for the legacy he leaves.”
Mr Rotheram said that his remarks “made our ferries world famous and immortalized them in the thoughts of so many people.”
In 1985, Marsden received an honorary Freedom of the Ferries award for his exceptional relationship.
In 2003, he was awarded an MBE for services to charity after assisting victims of the Hillsborough catastrophe in 1989.