Clipper Vessels Arrive In Liverpool Ahead Of Round The World Yacht Race

Ten years since Liverpool last held the race, 12 yachts arrive in Liverpool.

The biggest round-the-world ocean race will return once again start in Liverpool.  The vessels will return to Liverpool in 12 months time, once the race finishes in Derry, Ireland.

The race attracts thousand of people to see the beautiful vessels lined up in the iconic Albert Dock and the public can even go on board some of the vessels ahead of Sundays (20th August) race start.

The world-famous race will see twelve 70-foot modern racing yachts be sailed by 700 amateur crew members from more than 40 countries – making it the biggest ocean race to circumnavigate the planet.

This year’s edition of the 40,000-nautical mile event will mark the fourth time that Liverpool has hosted the event, having previously played host for the 2002-03, 2005-06 and 2007-08 races.

Legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9 and founder of the Clipper Race, said: “We are thrilled to announce that the Clipper Race is returning to the historic city of Liverpool.

“A significant site for UK maritime history, I fondly remember the warm reception we received when Liverpool last hosted the Clipper Race and am looking forward to returning to Albert Dock again this August.”

He added: “The Clipper Race has grown enormously in number of participants, yacht entries, economic influence and media value since it was last hosted by Liverpool a decade ago and we are looking forward to putting on an even bigger show in the city this time, which will not just have significant local economic impact, but will also put a maritime spotlight on the city all around the world.”

The eleventh edition of the Clipper Race, the only event of its kind for non-professional sailors, will visit six continents and include six ocean crossings.

The Clipper 2017-18 Race will return to Liverpool’s Albert Dock in Summer 2018 following its global route which will include stopovers in South America (port TBC), Cape Town, Western Australia (port TBC), Sydney, Hobart, East Coast Australia (port TBC) Sanya and Qingdao – China, Seattle – USA, Panama, New York, and Derry Londonderry – Northern Ireland.

For pics of the vessels arriving see link below:-

Clipper Vessels arriving in the Mersey / Canning Dock
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Liverpool Pride 2017

Liverpool made its annual Pride Parade and Festival bigger and better this year.  Coinciding with 50years of the introduction of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men.

The festival is in its 8th, starting in 2010 with the death of Michael Causer killed because of his sexuality.

The parade was the main event starting out at midday and parading though Liverpool City Ctr and returning to St Georges Hall and Plateau an hour later.

Following the parade people were entertained by 3 stages of music and events.

Headling the music was chart topping girl band Atomic Kitten.  Other big names included Kym Mazelle and Livin’ Joy.

For pics see the link below:-

Liverpool Pride 2017

National Armed Forces Day in Liverpool, England.

The national event in Liverpool, attended by Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince Edward, saw a Red Arrows flypast and a parade to the waterfront.

Mrs May said that armed forces are more relevant than ever, “playing a vital role” after the Manchester attack.

The day was billed as a chance for people to show their support for those connected with the armed forces.

As well as those currently serving, the event honours veterans, reservists, cadets, families and charities.

Parades, military displays, gun salutes and Typhoon and Red Arrows flypasts have been some of the highlights.

The Royal Navy’s type-23 frigate HMS Iron Duke was docked in Liverpool for the celebrations. A series of displays along Pier head also took place featuring planes, helicopters, tanks and marching bands.

Mrs May praised the “tremendous job that the armed forces do for us here at home and across the world, helping to keep us safe”.

The parade in Liverpool comprised about 100 personnel from each of the services, plus bands, veterans and about 300 cadets.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said there are some 10,000 service men and women who are working around the globe on operations or in British bases.

“They’ve been helping to deal with terrorism, they’ve been helping to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, they’ve been on Nato deployments, they’ve been peacekeeping in South Sudan.

“All of that keeps us safer here at home. They’re out of our sight but they should never be out of mind,” he said.

For pics see my link below:-

 

Military parade

BTR Port Sunlight 6th Annual 10k and 5k race.

The 6th Annual BTR Port Sunlight races were held once again on a hot sunny day in South Wirral yesterday.

The two-race event is staged in the heart of the picturesque village of Port
Sunlight in Wirral, with the race routes taking runners round the tree-lined
boulevards.
The BTR Port Sunlight Village Road Race is organised in conjunction with
Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), with sponsors Unilever supporting the race
day for a fourth year.
This is the sixth consecutive year of the event, which features a 5K race and
two-lap 10K followed by a children’s 1K fun run.
Unilever is sponsoring the race day as part of its brightFuture campaign. One
of the company’s goals is to help a billion people around the world improve
their health and well-being by 2020.

A team of 85 runners from Unilever will take part in the 5K, 30 of whom have
successfully completed the Couch To 5K running training programme – using
lunch breaks and after work training runs to prepare for the race.
Unilever is extremely proud of its history and heritage in Port Sunlight, where
company founder William Lever built his factory and village in 1888. The
company continues to have world class manufacturing, R&D and IT facilities
based here, along with a third of its UK workforce. Unilever’s brands include
household names Persil, Dove, Tresemme, Radox, Comfort and Surf.
Cameron Jones, Head of Unilever Port Sunlight, commented:
“Unilever is delighted to be supporting the BTR Port Sunlight Village Road
Race for a fourth consecutive year. As a global brand with our roots firmly
established in Port Sunlight Village, we feel this is a perfect way to show our
commitment to the village while encouraging people to get fit and active.
Good luck to everyone taking part, including our own Unilever team who have
taken on their challenge with real determination.”
The 5K race started at 10am, followed by the 10K race at 11am.
All finishers received a technical T-shirt, commemorative medal and goody bag
which includes items from sponsor Unilever, as well as complimentary entry
into the Port Sunlight Village Museum.

The event welcomes runners of all abilities – those taking part in their first 5K
or 10K; fundraisers; as well as those chasing a new personal best. Last year’s
event saw three new course records being set – showcasing the excellent
standard of the race, course and running.

For photo’s of the event see the link below:

medals

Mermaid Trail Launched in New Brighton, Wirral

The New Brighton Mermaid Trail, which takes its inspiration from ‘The Black Rock Mermaid’, who was said to have appeared to a local sailor in New Brighton in the 18th century, was officially unveiled on Wednesday 7th June.

The Mermaid Trail is a set of six identical Mermaid statues situated in key locations across New Brighton. They have each been individually decorated, four of them by local schools, one by a community group and one by the local artist who designed and sculpted the statues, Barry Canning-Eaton. Both the design and decoration have been kept a closely guarded secret in the lead up to the unveilings.

Each statue is accompanied by an information board which, when followed in order, takes trail followers through a story based on the legend of ‘The Black Rock Mermaid’, as told by local storyteller Cathy Roberts.

Starting from Kings Parade, the first statue – the ‘Ebb & Flow Mermaid’ – is situated next to the Championship Adventure Golf and is decorated by children and young people engaged with Ebb & Flow Community Interest Company, with its decoration inspired by natural wonders in and around New Brighton.

Statue number two is the work of pupils from St Mary’s Catholic College, with a nautical and sea-faring inspired decoration that they have called ‘The Inked Siren of Black Rock’. This is situated on the corner of Victoria Road and Atherton Street close to New Brighton railway station.

The location of the third mermaid is on Seabank Road near to its junction with Magazine Lane. The ‘Rock On Mermaid’ is decorated by pupils from The Mosslands School in Wallasey and tells a strong story of young people, boys and girls, who are finding their own voice.

Vale Park, looking out onto the promenade, is where visitors will find the fourth mermaid, decorated by young people who attend Wirral Hospitals’ School. Entitled, ‘Paxtonea – the Soothing Siren’, its decoration tells the story of the legend in a way that provokes awareness of the sensory needs of people with anxiety and on the autistic spectrum.

Pupils from St George’s Primary School are responsible for the ‘Mermaid of Memories’, the fifth statue on the trail. Situated on the promenade opposite the Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre, the pupils have sought through their decoration to take people on a journey back in time to a dark yet glowing evening at New Brighton fairground.

The trail ends on Victoria Parade in ‘Old Town’ New Brighton with the sixth statue – the eponymous Black Rock Mermaid – this one decorated by the creator of the Mermaid statues, Barry Canning-Eaton.

The Mermaid Trail project has been made possible thanks to a successful bid for £10,935 by the New Brighton Coastal Community Team (NBCCT) to the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund, a grant scheme set up by DONG Energy to benefit voluntary groups and organisations located near to the coastline where it is carrying out the extension to the offshore wind farm.

Caroline Laing, Wirral Council’s representative on the New Brighton Coastal Community Team, said:

“It is hoped that the trail will raise awareness of the legend of The Black Rock Mermaid and bring her story to the attention of the hundreds of thousands of visitors the resort attracts each year. The trail is purposefully designed to show visitors parts of New Brighton that they might not otherwise have got to see and show them some of the attractions and unique character that can be found away from the traditional tourist locations.”

For photo’s click below:-

Mermaid of memories

Wales Comic Con 2017

Crowds of colourful characters enjoyed the good weather as they met their heroes at the Wales Comic Con.

The event returned to Wrexham’s Glyndwr University over the weekend with thousands of fans lining up to meet stars from the worlds of film, TV and wrestling.

Celebrities signed autographs and had their pictures taken with enthusiastic visitors to the convention.

There were also trade stalls for people to buy comic and other merchandise from their favourite science fictions shows.

Among the celebrities were children’s author and former wrestler Mick Foley and Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star wars series.

Fans at the event were also part of the attraction as many of them dressed up as characters including the Joker and Cat Woman from the Batman comics, Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of The Caribbean and Deadpool.

For my photo’s of the event, see the link below:-

Photo’s of Day 1 and Day 2 further down.

Amy dumas

Day 2

batman character