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Date:-  8 May 2006

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Search is on for green royals

THE HUNT is on for an eco-prince and princess for the greenest Lord Mayor's Parade ever!  Organisers are on the look-out for 2 youngsters to take the lead in this year's event which promises to be the most environmentally friendly to date.  Rickshaws are set to be used where possible rather than gas guzzling lorries, and some other vehicles taking part in the parade on Saturday 3 June will be fuel-efficient.

Councillor Joan Lang who will become Liverpool's Lord Mayor later this month, said:- "I'm really looking forward to the parade as it will my first big outing as Lord Mayor of Liverpool!  Thousands of people are taking part in the event and I'm delighted that many of them will be sending out environmentally friendly messages.  It will be a great day and I look forward to sharing it with the 2006 prince and princess."

Floats taking part in Liverpool's biggest ever green parade will be dedicated to helping save the planet by promoting recycling and giving tips on how to make Liverpool a cleaner, greener city.

The city council and the Culture Company are asking for parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles or guardians to nominate any 8 to 12 year olds who would be perfect for the role of green prince or princess.  All they have to do is send in a photograph of the child and a sentence explaining why they should be crowned next month.  The deadline is Friday 12 May and all entries should be sent to Osmar Media and Marketing, 74 Derby Lane, Old Swan, Liverpool L13 3DN. Anyone with any queries can call 0151 228 2255.  The lucky winners will take pride of place at the front of the parade with the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Joan Lang.

The annual extravaganza is in its 34th year and attracts thousands of visitors. It is the first major event that the new Lord Mayor takes part in and is great opportunity for her to see first-hand how Liverpool can put on a great show.

All the money raised during the event is donated to the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal. The 2006/2007 charities are North West Air Ambulance, Royal British Legion and PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals).

You've been framed... Ma'am

A STUNNING portrait of the Queen to celebrate her 80th birthday is the latest addition to the Town Hall gallery.  Local artist Vivienne Churney was one of the finalists in a national competition to find a portrait of Elizabeth II.  Out of 8000 entries, Vivienne came in the top 18, and has decided to present the city council with her watercolour painting.

Although Liverpool's Town Hall already displays a photograph of the Queen's last visit to the city in 2004, this will be the first painting of the Queen to be hung there.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Alan Dean, said:- "The Queen has visited the city so many times it's amazing that there isn't a painting of her on display at the Town Hall.  I'm delighted that our homegrown talent did so well in the competition, it's a real achievement to get placed in the top 18.  I'm even more pleased that Vivienne is presenting us with the painting and I'm sure it will take pride of place in once of the Town Hall's many beautiful rooms."

The watercolour is called The Coronation and depicts the Queen's accession to the throne back in 1953. It took Vivienne, who is a teacher at King David High School, a week to paint the picture.

Vivienne, aged 54, said:- "I really wanted to capture Her Royal Highness's youth, beauty and innocence just as she took on a role of such enormity.  I thought it would be a nice gesture to give something back to the city that has given me so much - I live and work here and went to university in Liverpool, so it felt right that the city council should have the painting.  It was a privilege to enter the competition and I was honoured that my work received a great deal of praise and did so well.  It's lovely to think that visitors to the Town Hall will be able to see my work and I hope they get as much pleasure out of it as I do."

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