Sci-fi stars at Spaceport!
3,500 fans packed into Spaceport over May Bank Holiday to see the
stars behind some of most iconic sci-fi characters to hit the silver
Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, flew in
from Texas to join other actors from the legendary films including
Paul Blake (Greedo), Rusty Goffe (Jawa), Ian Liston (Wes Janson) and
Gerald Home (Tessek).
brought to an end Spaceport’s hugely successful “Sci Fi at the
Preparations are now coming together for a never-before-seen
exhibition on Doctor Who.
An announcement will be made soon on the new world first exhibition,
so watch this space!
Spaceport is owned and operated by Merseytravel and is the UK’s most
modern space-themed visitor attraction.
It is housed in a listed building alongside Seacombe Ferry Terminal
in Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside.
For more details, prices on all of the services provided at
www.spaceport.org.uk or contact
0151 330 1333.
Horse power at Lord Mare’s Parade!
from across the country will be galloping to Liverpool for the 36th
Lord Mayor’s Parade! The charity event, organised in
conjunction with Liverpool Culture Company, has the theme of
‘Unsung Heroes’ and takes place on Saturday, 7 June 2008.
The 43 horses will form the biggest congregation of mounted police
horses since the Queen’s Jubilee. Fillies from forces as far
afield as Thames Valley, Strathclyde, Middlesbrough and South
Yorkshire are travelling to the city. Merseyside Chief
Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe and Assistant Chief Constable Patricia
Gallan will be taking part. This year’s parade is set to
be the biggest ever, with 68 entries confirmed; all raising money
for the Lord Mayor’s charities. They are:- The Alder Hey Imagine
charity, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Marina Dalglish Appeal and
the Cardio-Thoracic Centre at Broadgreen Hospital. Lord Mayor
of Liverpool, Cllr Steve Rotheram, said:- “There are so many
people in Liverpool from all different walks of life who do
extraordinary things that we all take for granted. This year’s
parade is an opportunity to celebrate the work of professions such
as the police service, firefighters and milkmen who play such an
important part in every day life.”
The Lord Mayor’s parade is a great way for people to give to
charity, have a great deal of fun and show off Liverpool’s uniquely
diverse community at the same time. “I have set myself a
challenging target of raising £208,000 for my charities in 2008, and
I know the Parade will help get my year off to a flying start.”
An appeal is also going out for school crossing patrols to
take part in a section of the parade devoted to those who help with
road safety. It is being created by children from the Black Sisters
group and includes cars, traffic lights and belisha beacons. The
number to call for those interested is 0161 736 8964. The
parade is set to be the greenest ever, because as well as the
horses, there will be bikes, milk floats, rickshaws and people on
foot taking part in a drive to reduce the impact on the environment.
There are also an array of new groups taking part, including the
Mission for Retired Seafarers who are creating a float which
represents the Lusitania. The Hindu Cultural Organisation,
Merseyside Caribbean Centre, Tara Park Travellers Community,
Homotopia and groups from Alder Hey and Amnesty International are
among others involved. Artists from Walk the Plank and the
Liverpool Lantern Company are working with several of the groups to
create fantastic floats and processional pieces.
This year’s parade starts at 1pm from
Pall Mall. It passes along Tithebarn Street, Lime Street, Queens
Square, Victoria Street and Castle Street before returning to Pall
Podium place into New York for Liverpool 08
has secured its third podium position of Clipper 07-08 by finishing
in third place in Race 11, less than 1 nautical mile behind second
placed westernaustralia2011.com and four nautical miles behind home
port victors, New York. The result is a return to form for the team
representing the north west of England and comes just five weeks
before their biggest test when Liverpool 08 will attempt to repeat
New York’s recent achievement by winning into their home port at the
end of the 35,000 mile race around the globe.
In what has been one of the closest races of the ten-month series
the skipper and crew of Liverpool 08 were able to hold their nerve
and clinch third place in a nail biting finish that saw the top six
teams finishing within eight nautical miles each other.
Skipper of Liverpool 08, Ben Galloway, said:- “Suspense and
anticipation were killing myself and the rest of the crew. It's
definitely been the most intense race so far, especially the last
fifteen minutes not knowing whether we stood in first, second or
third. We were waiting for the emails to come in but as the cards
unfolded they didn’t turn up at first, but then they flew in
revealing that we had came third to westernaustralia2011.com. Still,
a triumphant victory over some boats that we needed to place well
against. Having not been on the podium since Singapore, despite our
efforts and results sometimes not reflecting the efforts that we
have put in, the result has come has a huge moral boost to the
Despite some fast reaching conditions at the beginning of the race,
the teams found themselves hampered by frustratingly light winds
over the last 48 hours, clocking an average of around 50 miles a
day. With these exceptionally light winds due to continue along the
whole coastal region for some time and the projected ETA in New York
at these speeds pushed out to another two weeks, the Race Committee
took the decision to finish Race 11 at 0000UTC 31 May (2000 30 May
local time in New York).
The final results for Race 11 have been taken from the positions
that were reported at that time and the distance to finish to
Ambrose Light, the location of the original Race 11 finish line.
Round the world crew member, Lisa Pover, from Liverpool, said:-
“What an ending to such a tight and intense race. This leg for me
is a chance to sail back into my hometown with a podium position. A
final push to get some well deserved points back! I would be telling
fibs if I was to say that I am not disappointed with getting third
place after believing we were in second place and possibly hoping
New York had made a bad move or got stuck in a wind hole pushing us
into first, but I wouldn’t be fibbing to say that they raced just as
hard as us and I’m truly happy for their achievements.
This leg is full of ´scousers´ and it’s been great so far to hear
their accents. With the good old Liverpool humour and banter and
more heartily their passion along with mine to get some mega points
under our belt, they, and the rest of the crew of course, surpassed
any of my wishes. This is truly a leg to watch out for the Liverpool
08 boat...we’re back baby!”
Race Director, Joff Bailey, said:- “Overall this must have
been the closest fought ocean race of Clipper 07-08 as at any time
six or seven of the leading boats were fighting for the podium
positions and there were lots of place changes right up to the last
This has been a great race with many of the teams being within sight
of each other since the start of the race in Jamaica. The closeness
of the racing is a testament to how well all of the crews are
performing and how much they have developed as sailors since the
start of the race last September. The next five weeks of racing will
be very exciting to watch as Clipper 07-08 draws to its climax in
Liverpool on the 5 July 2008, during the height of the city’s
celebrations as European Capital of Culture 2008.”
Looking forward to arriving in New York and reflecting on Race 11,
Liverpool 08 crew member, Jon-Paul Lowes, said:- “It’s been a
thrill from start to finish. It felt like the race had everything,
nerves, expectations, highs, lows, and a thrilling end. We really
came together as a team and showed that Istanbul spirit when it was
most needed. I’m sure the experience gained will make us stronger in
races to come, especially with home and loved ones on the horizon.”
Liverpool 08 is now making best speed towards New York where the
first boats are expected to arrive on Sunday evening (local time).
The fleet will be berthed at North Cove Marina, Battery Park City
for the duration of the three-day stopover.
New York’s Sports Commisssioner, Ken Podziba, said:- “We look
forward to welcoming all the teams from around the world to our city
who, through this amazing and gruelling competition, have united
countries through the great sport of sailing.”