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
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
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."