Published: 1st SEPTEMBER 2022

Portrait Benches in Liverpool

The Portrait Benches project commemorates local heroes nominated by their communities by immortalising them as life-sized steel figures. You'll find them on National Cycle Network routes across the UK. This latest iteration of the project is in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Portrait benches showing Richard Burton, Rob Brydon and Dick Wagstaff at Quoits Wood Crossing in the Afan Valley

Portrait Bench figures can be found on National Cycle Network routes all across the UK.

As part of our Portrait Benches project, we're honouring Dr. Gee Walker and Anne Williams for their tireless efforts to seek justice and make the world a better place.


Route 810 passes through central Liverpool and through the north of the maritime city.

Leading you out of the centre, this route provides gorgeous costal views at Crosby, where you’ll be able to see the outlines of Antony Gormley's statues dotted across Crosby beach.

Further north, there’s an opportunity to stop off at Formby beach and forest, a beautiful National Trust site which is home to a host of native red squirrels.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, local communities nominated heroes from their hometowns.

These heroes have been immortalised as steel figures along the National Cycle Network.

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Celebrating Liverpool's local heroes

Portrait Bench sculpture outline design of Gee Walker

Dr. Gee Walker

Dr. Gee Walker founded the Anthony Walker Foundation in 2006, following the racially motivated murder of her son Anthony.

Today the foundation tackles racism, hate crime and discrimination by providing educational opportunities, victim support services and by promoting equity and inclusion for all.

Gee has worked tirelessly to ensure that Anthony's name is synonymous with racial harmony.

In 2021, Gee’s outstanding work was recognised with a Pride of Britain Award.

Portrait Bench sculpture outline design of Anne Williams

Anne Williams

Anne Williams campaigned for justice for the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

97 Liverpool football fans died, including Anne’s 15-year-old son Kevin.

After the first inquest concluded their deaths were accidental, Anne courageously launched legal challenges with new evidence.

By 2016, a new inquest cited police failings, gave a verdict of unlawful killing and vindicated fans.

Anne didn’t live to witness the justice she fought for and died aged 62 in 2013.

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