'People of Peace’ Awards 2020


To mark what would have been the 80th birthday of John Lennon, we wanted to find a unique way of celebrating the legacy of John Lennon, and encouraging the peace which John so often spoke about. We felt that particularly during this time of pandemic, it would be wonderful to celebrate individuals. We have seen how during these months of Covid-19 and isolation, it has been so important to find new ways to connect with people, and many people have begun to find real value in the simple things in life. We celebrate the stories of hope across Liverpool where we have heard about neighbours reaching out to their neighbours in all sort of practical ways, whether it’s helping with shopping, or organising a street quiz, or picking up the telephone, all of these things have helped to foster peace in a time of crisis.

Peace is so needed today, just as it was when John Lennon was alive. Individuals need peace where all around them is fear and anxiety. Many countries need peace today because of war and conflict. Our world needs peace today more than ever. The Salvation Army as a Christian Church and Charity seeks to share the love and peace of God through everything it is and does. We value every individual and believe that each person on this earth has an important part to play.

This year we asked for nominations from across Liverpool for our very first People of Peace awards; with a high standard of truly inspiring nominations, it was a tough decision. All nominations were anonymously reviewed by a panel who have now agree our five winners! You can read more about them below. These winners will have their photo and part of their story on display somewhere on the site of Strawberry Field for one year. Congratulations!!

"It’s a wonderful idea that The Salvation Army is going to cultivate youngsters in the precious soil of Strawberry Field."

Julia Baird, Honorary President