Meet the Scousers who set down roots across the world but never forgot their home

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From Botswana to Texas, from Canada to Australia, it is fair to say you could be anywhere in the world and suddenly find yourself hearing a Liverpool accent. Scousers abroad may have made fantastic lives for themselves, but they never forget their roots and say they keep Liverpool close to […]

From Botswana to Texas, from Canada to Australia, it is fair to say you could be anywhere in the world and suddenly find yourself hearing a Liverpool accent.

Scousers abroad may have made fantastic lives for themselves, but they never forget their roots and say they keep Liverpool close to their hearts.

We asked Merseysiders who emigrated across the world about their lives and what they miss about home.

African dream

Caroline Gartland, from Crosby, and her partner Richard, from the Wirral, met by chance at Newcastle University in 2003.

When romance blossomed the pair moved back to the city and lived in Toxteth and Woolton before Richard decided to go down the path less travelled and took a job in Botswana.

After initially planning on a short term stay, the pair have been there 10 years, and had their children Francesca and Laurence in the country.

Caroline told the ECHO: “Botswana is a lovely place to raise young children. It’s slow paced, friendly, we get to spend a lot of time in nature and we are lucky enough to have found an amazing community of friends.

“We love how wherever we travel, people have heard of Liverpool and fellow Scousers will always appear in the most random places. There’s nothing quite like the sense of community you find in Merseyside.”

Richard heads up a financial advisory business while Caroline runs a company and charity called SensoBaby that helps support mums and new babies with their mental health.



a young girl playing with a frisbee: Caroline and Richard Gartland left Liverpool and started a new life in Botswana


© Caroline Gartland
Caroline and Richard Gartland left Liverpool and started a new life in Botswana

Caroline said: “We visit Liverpool whenever we can and last August our children loved exploring the Albert Dock and museums. I really miss the unique shops and bars, especially Lark Lane and Bold Street.

“My husband is an avid Liverpool supporter so misses watching the games in town, but he has managed to create a supporters group here called the Kalahari Kloppites, made up of Liverpool fans from all over the world who have somehow ended up in Botswana.

“They managed to travel and watch the Liverpool final last year in the Liverpool Supporters Club in South Africa.”

Caroline said she wanted to provide a service after noticing a lack of support after birth in Botswana.



a person standing in front of an elephant: Caroline and Richard Gartland left Liverpool and started a new life in Botswana


© Caroline Gartland
Caroline and Richard Gartland left Liverpool and started a new life in Botswana

She said: “When I had Frankie, there was nothing, no support at all. There’s no home visitors, community midwives or any baby classes.

“I’d visited Liverpool and seen all the things my friends could do so wanted to set something up here….

“Mental health has such a stigma in Southern Africa. The projects I’ve led and been involved in have tried to reduce that stigma and offer opportunities to groups to get together and talk about their challenges.”

‘Portugal is great – but I miss Jumbo Chippy’

Sean Hill and his partner Jenny Lucas have not been home for three years – but Sean still dreams of Jumbo Chippy in West Derby.

He told the ECHO: “Life in Portugal is great – especially over the summer months. There’s plenty of nice beaches and water parks to spend your summer days with the family.

“We are lucky enough to have all-year round jobs now; I work at a pet hotel for dogs and cats and also help out with the drain cleaning business too, and my partner is a care assistant.



a man and a child posing for the camera: Sean Hill and Jenny Lucas with their children Madison, Daniel, Tyler and Ellie-Mai


© Sean Hill
Sean Hill and Jenny Lucas with their children Madison, Daniel, Tyler and Ellie-Mai

“When we first came to Portugal we only had seasonal work in the bars and restaurants so over the winter it was really hard to survive especially with quite a big family.”

Sean says the family struggle to return to Merseyside due to work commitments but miss life back home.

Sean said: “Personally the things I miss about Liverpool are the people, going to Anfield to watch the matches, walking around town shopping (JD in particular) and definitely Jumbo Chippy in West Derby!

“Although any chippy dinner sounds nice when it’s been so long. Also the sense of humour us Scousers have – you can’t get that anywhere else.”



a group of people sitting posing for the camera: Sean Hill and Jenny Lucas with their children Madison, Daniel, Tyler and Ellie-Mai


© Sean Hill
Sean Hill and Jenny Lucas with their children Madison, Daniel, Tyler and Ellie-Mai

“The Three Graces makes me cry”

Sue Cherry has built a life in Canada but as distant as her Liverpool roots are she still has a strong emotional tie to the city.

She said: ” I moved to Canada in 1987 as a nanny supposedly for one year.

“Thirty-three years later I am now a Canadian citizen but when I travel back to Liverpool for a visit I tell people I am going home.

“My first view of the Three Graces always makes me cry.”

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Not England, but Liverpool

Steve Burke loves his life in Australia but feels a strong sense of pride in the city.

He said: “Fazakerley boy moved to Queensland Australia in 91.

“Heading ‘home’ next weekend for my mum’s funeral. I love it here and what it offers, but there is a sense of pride and love that I still have for Liverpool and the people. Not England, but Liverpool.”

‘I’ve never found people like Scousers’

In her life married to an American soldier, Stella Sheetz has lived in a wide range of countries spanning different continents.

But she says Liverpool will always be her home.

She said: “I’ve lived away from Liverpool since 1992. I married a US serviceman and have lived in Greece, Oxfordshire, Georgia and California.

“Since he retired from the military we have lived in Ohio. Liverpool will ALWAYS be my home, it has my heart.

“No matter where I’ve lived or travelled I’ve never found people like Scousers. They really are the salt of the earth with a huge generosity, enormous hearts and an even bigger sense of humour.

“My visits home with my family is better than anything money can buy. It does wonders for the heart, soul and mind. My city is hands down the best in the world.”

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