Sky-high tribute to Liverpool's war dead
A WARTIME Dakota aeroplane carpeted Liverpool with 100,000 poppy
petals to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two on
Sunday 13 November 2005. The spectacular fly past is the climax of a series of
events being held in Liverpool to remember the region's war dead.
The bomber was taking
part in the city's service of Remembrance and Dedication. It dropped
the red biodegradable petals over St. George's Hall Cenotaph, where
ex-servicemen and women, civic guests and members of the public
where gathered to remember
Merseyside's war dead. The Dakota was built in 1942 and took
part in D-Day, as well as the airborne assault on Arnhem.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Alan Dean, said:-
"Liverpool's Remembrance Service is always a special occasion, but
this year will be even more memorable with the Dakota scattering
petals over the congregation. It's so important for everyone
to remember the sacrifices that people have made for us, which is
why this year, we have a series of events to commemorate our war
heroes. I urge everyone to wear a poppy and show their support
for Liverpool's Poppy Appeal. The work of the Royal British Legion
benefits those who have suffered, and who still suffer as a result
The service started at 10.40am and Colonel J. Graeme Bryson, OBE,
Life County President of the Royal British Legion lead the Act
of Remembrance, before the firing of a gun signalled a 2-minute
silence at 11am. The Dakota then flue from the left of St
John's Beacon along Lime Street, dropping the red petals on St.
George's Hall plateau.
Colonel Bryson said:- "It is wonderful that so many years
after the events, the whole country gathers together to remember
those who fought bravely for our country. I ask every
ex-serviceman and woman to take part in the ceremony and wear their
medals with pride."
Liverpool's tribute to its war heroes started on Thursday 10
the Lord Mayor planted the first cross in St. John's Gardens at 12
On Friday 11 November, the Lord Mayor was joined by the city's veterans and
school children from Holy Cross and St. Margaret Mary schools to
take part in the national 2 minute silence. The congregation
gathered at St. George's Plateau.
A unique, Objective One-backed recycling scheme on Merseyside has
come up with a novel way for newly married couples to remember their
Energywise Recycled Glass in Liverpool transforms old bottles from
kerbside collections into attractive glass table and decorative
wear. Now the scheme has launched a new initiative specially
for newly married couples.
Project manager Emma-Jane Trivett explains:- “Each piece we
create is made from different glass stock and handmade so it is
completely unique. We thought it would be really memorable for
couple to have something tailor-made as a reminder of their special
Energywise will now create a piece of glassware - to their client’s
specification, made entirely of the bottles from wine or champagne
drunk on the day.
“Champagne bottles are quite a distinctive colour and are
therefore ideal for this process,” adds Emma-Jane.
“It’s really nice for couples to have a bowl or dishes made from the
bottles used to toast their wedding vows”.
Energywise is a not for profit company which opened the doors to its
Jordan Street premises in 2004. It aims to pioneers
environmentally-friendly solutions to waste management in
Merseyside. As well as the creation of glassware, Energywise
is also funded by Objective One to recycle glass to create sand for
golf bunkers, materials for construction and ornamental gravel for