A proud day, FoWT Win Tourism Award

Having been shortlisted for the Liverpool City Region, Tourism Awards 2019 we sought your help in getting votes for the big Award Ceremony in Liverpool Cathedral.

On Thursday 16th May 2019, the big day arrived, FoWT Chairman Gordon and Trustee Chris attended the Awards.  If you have ever visited the cathedral before, I am sure you will appreciate what an amazing building this is. There were bars, and the dining area with a stage and 3 very large screens.

The spectacular cathedral set for the Tourism Awards 2019
The spectacular cathedral set for the Tourism Awards 2019

We sat down at our table, along with other hopeful’s, from Cafe Tabac, Bold Street and Shore Cottage Studio, Thurstaston, Wirral. We enjoyed a complimentary Liverpool gin and tonic, which was very nice indeed. Then we had the most delightful 3 course meal.

Our Table and view of the proceedings

Finally, with the suspense building, the awards began. the compare on the night was Andi Oliver, television and radio broadcaster who you may remember from the “Great British Menu” or “Saturday Kitchen” on the BBC.

Andi Oliver, TV & radio broadcaster from BBC’s “Great British Menu” or “Saturday Kitchen”.

The award ceremony commenced, and some time later, the “Hidden Gem” award was announced. We were quite nervous at this point with anticipation. Then this happened…

Video Curtesy of “Marketing Liverpool” 

The announcement was made, FoWT won the award, we cheered along with many other people in the crowd. Winning this was most definitely unexpected, as there were other contenders in for the Hidden Gem category that were just as deserving of this award. However, FoWT had received the most votes from the public, our supporters and members.  We had won!

Gordon and Chris were then taken to the stage, were Andi Oliver congratulated us and presented us with our trophy.

Gordon Hunter & Chris Iles receiving our award on behalf of FoWT (Picture: Liverpool City Region – Local Enterprise Partnership
Hidden Gem A
Gordon and Chris receiving our award from Andi Oliver (Picture: Liverpool City Region – Local Enterprise Partnership
Our Treasured award back on our table…

What a proud day that was for FoWT, not just for Chris and Gordon receiving the award, but also for every single volunteer that has helped dig in the tunnels over the years and the committee and Trustees who have worked tirelessly in the background since 1996.

LCR Tourism awards 2019.Picture by Gareth Jones
LCR Tourism awards 2019. (Picture by Gareth Jones)

A very proud night indeed, and from now on I guess we can call ourselves the “Award Winning Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels” 😊.

You can view the Awards web site, and all the winners here:

Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2019


  1. Thouroughly deserved. All your hard work recognised. Congratulations to the whole amazing lot of you!

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