The Liverpool Merseyside branch recently held its branch final and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, the special guest and judge for the event was Alina Maciag from the Polish ESU.
As Churchill himself said, ‘The Polish people and nation will forever hold a warm place in British hearts. It was in defence of Poland’s freedom and independence that Great Britain drew the sword against Nazi Germany on 3 September 1939, within 48 hours of the German invasion of Polish territory.’ Branch PSC Organiser Bruce Hicks said, ‘We were determined to do something very special for this year.’
Mr Hicks gained sponsorship for the event from Connards Jewellers, Lord Street, Southport and from Morgan Sindall Construction. This allowed the local committee to have many awards and prizes for this very special competition. The event was held at Hope University, Liverpool with the kind permission of Vice Chancellor and Rector Professor Gerald Phillay.
A new feature was the involvement of a Longmoor Community Primary School who presented a debate using the MACE model.
The winning schools were Archbishop Beck Catholic College and St Edward’s College.