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Edition No. 227

Date:- 14 November 2005

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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 of war."

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 November, when the Lord Mayor planted the first cross in St. John's Gardens at 12 noon.

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.

GOTTA LOTTA BOTTLE

A unique, Objective One-backed recycling scheme on Merseyside has come up with a novel way for newly married couples to remember their special day. 

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 day.”

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 gravestones.

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