OSG Mathew Woodward
OSG Mathew Woodward

I started in the Prison service at HMP Liverpool in January 2005 as a works casual O.S.G and desperate to get a call for a permanent post, this came in the November of that year.

 

In late 2006 myself and Des Rowe had the task of clearing G1 locker-room and bringing it into some sort of order. On completion of this we had a stock of No1 uniform on our hands, after a brainstorming session with Greg Callaghan we decided to approach the Deputy Governor with a request to create a store room. The store room was agreed and an appeal was sent out for surplus NoI’s after a good response suddenly 2 cabinets were not enough.

 

In early 2007 Tom Mussell informed us that he had taken over the ceremonial duties from John Webster and would now take the Parade, and things finally got moving from then on.

We were starting to make plans for Remembrance Sunday and I suggested we contact

The Liverpool Scottish Regimental Association to see if we could join them on the Parade, they were pleased for us to join them and welcomed us into their family, it was nicknamed “Jocks and Jailers”.

 

In 2008 HMP Liverpool & HMP Kennet marched a Parade of 42 uniformed staff on Remembrance Sunday of which I was proud to be apart of.

 

I am pleased to be apart of The Parade Fund and intend to be part of  it for many years to come, and in this time I hope to see more Northwest Establishments use the availability of the Liverpool Remembrance Sunday Parade.