Name a Seat Stories: The personal stories behind the plaques, part nineteen
The special stories behind the seats within The Tung Auditorium have brought the campaign to life. With the Centre now open and music starting to fill the space, we are delighted to share with you the latest instalment of our Name a Seat Stories series.
"Lynne Staunton-Jones and I are honouring the memory of our friend and co-worker, Julie Clarke. Julie was a much-loved member of the Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC) who sadly passed away in 2020. We look forward to watching many wonderful performances in the new auditorium whilst reminiscing about her life and good humour." Professor Nathan Jeffery, Professor of Musculoskeletal & Ageing Science and Director of the Human Anatomy Resource Centre
"I am currently an undergraduate student at the University and thought this would be a great opportunity to support the University whilst, at the same time, gifting this to a beloved family member." Ben Hughes
"I met lifelong friends here in 1984-87. Proud to get full colours too." John Duffy (BEd 1988)
"In August 2017, after a disastrous set of A level results, and hours spent on the phone in clearing, I phoned the University of Liverpool’s clearing number and was given a lifeline in the form of admission. The University picked me up when I was at my most desperate, and throughout my time there I sought to repay the kindness by showing both myself and the University that I could realize my full academic potential at Liverpool. In July 2021, I graduated with First-Class Honours.
My four years at the University shaped who I am today, I made friends, I made memories, I made mistakes. I laughed, I cried, I played tennis, I played Fabian in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, and spent many quiet evenings studying at Sydney Jones. Theatre and the arts has given me so much joy in my life, and I am so happy to contribute to the construction of the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre so that current and future students can pursue their passions for the arts.
Wherever I am and whatever I do throughout the course of my life, I will always come back, and give back, to the University and the city I called home for four years, and still call home to this very day." Samuel Rhydderch (BA Politics 2021)
"I’m naming this seat in memory of my Grandmother who loved many genres of music. She was born in the Republic of Ireland and due to this, I have been able to become an Irish citizen, thus remain a member of the EU so this is my way of saying, “thanks Nan”." Steven Winterton, Head of Operations for the School of the Arts
To find out more about this campaign, please visit our dedicated webpage. To visit the Centre or the Auditorium, you can book onto one of the upcoming events on The Tung Auditorium website here.
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