THE final meal
on the Titanic is to be recreated at a special event hosted by the
Lord Mayor of Liverpool on Monday, 14 July 2008.
Representatives from cities connected with the Titanic’s tragic
maiden voyage are gathering to discuss how one of the worst maritime
disasters ever should be commemorated in the run up to the 100th
anniversary of the sinking of the ship in 2012.
To mark the first gathering of the ‘Titanic Cities’,
which includes Liverpool. Southampton, Belfast and Cherbourg, they
will be served the menu offered to first class passengers on 14
The Lord Mayors of Belfast, Southampton and Cobh will be taking part
in the event and luncheon. They will be served:- "Consommé
Olga (Clear Soup garnished with scallops and cucumber); Filet
Mignons Lili (Fillet steak medallions with Madeira sauce); Courgette
Farci (Stuffed courgette with wild mushrooms); Boiled potatoes,
Parmentier Potatoes, creamed carrots and petit pois; Chocolate and
Vanilla Paris Breast; Coffee and Petit Fours"
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor Councillor Steve Rotheram, said:- “It
will be wonderful to meet with other cities who were involved in the
Titanic story – from those who built the magnificent Liner, to those
ports from where it set sail, right through to those cities who lost
so many of their citizens.
The sinking of the vessel left a deep scar, especially on all those
connected to her and her passengers, for us, the Titanic was
registered here and carried the name ‘Liverpool’ on her stern, so
the loss was felt deeply in our port city.
In 2012 there will be a focus on the Titanic and those cities
connected with it, so Monday’s meeting is extremely important as we
can carefully plan a national programme which will inform, educate
and commemorate such a momentous anniversary.”
Before the special menu is served, the representatives will sign a
Memorandum of Understanding, which will show their commitment to
planning and organising the programme of events marking the 100th
The Titanic Cities who will be involved in the event planning
process are Liverpool, Belfast, Southampton, Cobh, New York and
Halifax Nova Scotia.
WELCOMES LIFELINE FOR JODRELL BANK
secure the immediate future of Jodrell Bank have been welcomed by a
The world-famous observatory in Cheshire is home of the e-MERLIN
which offers unique high resolution earth-bound space study and is a
major contributor to Britain’s prominent reputation in the field of
Jodrell Bank was faced with closure when the Science Technology
Facilities Council (STFC) classed it as a low priority earlier this
year. The threat to withdraw the projects £2.5 million annual grant
for the next 10 years led to fears about the future of the site.
Chris Davies MEP wrote to Science Minister Ian Pearson asking what
the Government was doing to influence the STFC and ensure the future
of Jodrell Bank.
And now the STFC has pledged to find partners to secure the
medium-term future of the telescopes.
The announcement has been welcomed by Liberal Democrat MEP Chris
Davies, but he still has concerns about the observatory’s long-term
He said:- “The funding announcement is welcome and removes the
immediate threat from Jodrell Bank. But I would like the Government
to make a long-term commitment to the future of the observatory.”
TSINGTAO RAISES A GLASS TO HOME CITY
WHEN all the
boats participating in the Round the World Clipper Race 2008 crossed
the line in Liverpool, leading Chinese Beer Brand Tsingtao was on
hand to greet the crew of the boat from the Chinese city of Qingdao
which also happens to be the home of the Tsingtao Brewery.
Representatives from Merseyside based Halewood International, which
distributes Tsingtao in the UK greeted the crew of the Qingdao,
which finished fourth in the 35,000 mile circumnavigation of the
world. The boat dropped into its home city five months ago in
February as part of the build up to the Olympics – Qingdao is
playing host city to the Olympic Sailing Events and Tsingtao beer is
one of the Olympic sponsors in China.
The race was conceived as part of the programme to celebrate
Liverpool’s Capital of Culture status and crew on board the Qingdao
ship celebrated in style when cases of Tsingtao beer were delivered
just after crossing the finishing line.
The crew of the boat come from the city of Qingdao and couldn’t
believe their luck having been at sea since September 2007 to return
to dry land to be greeted with bottles of beer from the brewery of
their home city.
As Nigel Tarn, Senior Brand Manager for Tsingtao points out:-
“It seemed like a unique opportunity for the company, the brand and
the boat. Halewood International is based on Merseyside, the race
started and finished in Liverpool and one of the boats came from the
city where Tsingtao beer is brewed so it seemed like a great
opportunity to support the boat and crew.
This is just one of many initiatives we are undertaking to support
the brand within both the Chinese community and among a wider
We have just launched a nationwide competition to find the UK’s best
Chinese restaurant which will also give consumers the chance to
visit the Tsingtao brewery as VIP guests and we have a number of
other initiatives ongoing to support the brand.”
JULY 2008 AFTERNOON LIVERPOOL SERVICE DIVERTED TO HEYSHAM
Liverpool service on Wednesday afternoon, 16 July 2008, is being
diverted to Heysham to allow Mersey Dock and Harbours to replace the
link bridge at the Liverpool Landing Stage.
After discussions with Heysham Port regarding alternative berthing
availability, Snaefell will operate a replacement Douglas to Heysham
service, departing Douglas at 14.00 and returning from Heysham at
17.00 on Wednesday.
Courtesy coaches will depart from Heysham to Liverpool upon arrival
of Snaefell from Douglas.
Courtesy coaches will also transfer foot passengers between
Liverpool and Heysham, with a coach departing Liverpool at 14.15 to
connect with the Heysham to Douglas 17.00 sailing. For those
passengers arriving in Liverpool late in the afternoon for the 19.00
sailing to Douglas, a second courtesy coach will depart Liverpool at
22.00 to connect with the 02.15 sailing on Thursday.
Affected customers are currently being contacted to be advised of
the alteration to services.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company apologises for any
inconvenience caused to its passengers during this period of
essential works required by Mersey Docks and Harbour Company.