Brian Nash with his daughter lois, at the Anglican Cathedral.

The wider Liverpool community proved once more that when asked, it is more than happy to dig deep and help a worthwhile cause, not just with its money but with time and spirit as well.

The idea of abseiling down the outside of the imposing building of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will not be everybody’s idea of having fun early on a Saturday morning but to some dedicated people it was the best place to be in Merseyside this weekend.

The Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool dominates the skyline in the city and for the brave souls who would have looked down at the huge crowd who had turned up to offer support and a cheer when they completed the abseil, there would have been no feeling like it. The event was in aid of the charity Mencap who have offices nearby on Hope Street.

One of the people defying gravity was one of Liverpool’s great musicians. Brian Nash, who scored hit after hit in the 1980’s with Frankie Goes to Hollywood and whose own solo career still sees him acclaimed as one of the eminent songwriters to have emerged from Liverpool in the 1980’s, made time in his busy schedule to also abseil down the outside of the Cathedral. Amongst the well-wishers watching the occasion was fellow Liverpool musician Ian Prowse and his daughter.

The money that was raised on the day was well in excess of £1,500 and everyone who took part in the event should feel justifiably proud of themselves.