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Edition No. 182

Date:- 08 January 2005

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The New Year's Eve Fireworks

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral light up by 5 Tonnes of fireworks

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LIVERPOOL'S CATHOLIC Cathedral was lit up by five tonnes of fireworks that were ignited around the world famous building. The fireworks, which were lifted on to the roof from inside the Cathedral using a 300 foot winch on Thursday 30 December, were to mark the end of Year of Faith In One City. But in acknowledgement of the disaster in the Indian Ocean, representatives of the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance collected donations for the victims, and the crypt in the Cathedral was also open to anyone who wanted quiet contemplation and prayer. The event raised £3,500. 

Liverpool City Council leader, Mike Storey, issued an after the event statement saying:- "The Year of Faith in One City brought together people of all faiths and communities, and it is wonderful that they united to help the people of South East Asia. Just as the world is uniting to help, so we will unite as a city to offer our own prayers and support, at the end of one year, and the beginning of a new year.

We feel that it is a positive step to try and do something practical for the victims of the disaster in this way and offer people the chance for a moment of quiet contemplation and reflection for the victims of this terrible catastrophe. Working with the Red Cross in this way, seems a better option than cancelling an event which people of all ages look forward to and which would have proved very costly."

The 20 minute show started at the main steps to the Cathedral and then gradually moved up to the pinnacle of the Cathedral, ending in a dazzling explosion of colour.

The display was seen by an estimated 5,000 people in the city centre and from as far away as the Welsh mountains. 

Jason Harborow, Operations Director of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:- '"This display is a spectacular sight and a fitting end to our year of Faith In One City. The Cathedral is an amazing piece of architecture and the display will be a show like no other in the UK."

Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive Member for Leisure, said:- "Liverpool is fast gaining a reputation for hosting amazing firework festivals. Our events team has already won national awards for shows such as this. 

'The expertise the city is gaining in staging and managing world class festivals and events will be invaluable in 2007 for the city's 800th birthday, and in 2008 for our year as European Capital of Culture.''

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