How do you capture the essence of a waterway that begins as a trickle high in England’s Peak District and empties into Liverpool Bay? A river encompassing rural beauty, industrial decay, regeneration and economic wealth. That passes major towns and cities and is a visual testament to the region’s history. That twists through undiscovered and forgotten backwaters. And that touches peoples’ lives and provides employment and enjoyment for many.
Over the course of a year, I spent so long in the river’s company that I discovered how a modern river works. It provides work for some, recreation for others and shapes the environment around it. It is the inspiration for artists and a rich historical resource for future generations.
And all the while the Mersey was a good companion to me. In the end, the river, as it has for so many people, became my friend.