ARRIVA KICKS OFF INTRODUCTION OF FIVE NEW SAINTS BUSES
THE St Helens
Rugby League Football Club players helped celebrate the launch of
five Arriva buses on Friday, 14 May 2010, each featuring a larger
than life size image of a different player in the new Saints kit,
along with the Saints logo.
At the event, which took place at Knowsley Road, was James Graham to
launch his bus, which operates on the 37/38 route from Eccleston to
St Helens and St Helens to Rainford. The James Graham bus is
instantly recognisable by the larger than life images of the young
prop on both sides.
The event was also attended by Vernon Roby, general manager of
Arriva’s Skelmersdale depot, Mark Brack, St Helens operations
manager for Arriva, and Debra Mercer, marketing and communications
manager for Arriva North West.
Debra said:- “Arriva is delighted to have been able to launch
five new Saints buses, with such well-known players from the team.
We know how passionate people in St Helens are about rugby, and it’s
great to be able to acknowledge this local interest by supporting
Lining up alongside James Graham are four other buses featuring
players from the local team. These include the legendary ‘Mr
St Helens’, Paul Wellens who is widely regarded as one of
the best full backs in the world, 100kg New Zealand international
Sia Soliola, Tony Puletua, and Kyle Eastmond.
The five buses are comprised of a Marshall bodied 10.7M Dennis Dart,
three B10BLE vehicles and a Scania.
Arriva first launched
branded Saints buses in 2008 to celebrate local residents’ passion
for rugby. The partnership is just another example of Arriva’s
strong links with the local community. As well as regularly
providing buses for school and community trips to the Saints, Arriva
recently organised transport for five schools in North Liverpool for
rugby league sports training.
For more information on Arriva routes and timetables in the North
West, please visit:-
Students to create sand art spectacular
PUPILS from two secondary schools
in Liverpool are to create massive sand drawings on Crosby beach.
Created in collaboration with professional sand drawing artists
‘Sand in your Eye’, the 20m x 40m sculptures are in
celebration of the city’s ‘On The Waterfront’ FREE
weekend events in the summer.
On Thursday, 20 May 2010, Calderstones School pupils will be
creating a dynamic dance-themed drawing to celebrate the
international dance spectacular during the second weekend.
And on Friday 21 May 2010, young people from Holly Lodge Girls
School will be designing a drawing themed around the landmark
Picasso: Peace and Freedom exhibition at TATE Liverpool, from which
many of the waterfront events and activities will be drawing their
The creation of both sand drawings – which takes place from 10am
until 3pm on both days - will be filmed and made into a three minute
time lapse film that will feature on media screens and websites
across the region in the build up to and during the Waterfront
The short films will promote the city as a tourist destination,
artistic hub and a place to participate and engage with culture.
Liverpool’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy
Simon, said:- “This is a great opportunity for our young
people to get directly involved in one of the city’s major cultural
events for 2010. It is a wonderful chance for them to work with some
top quality artists and make sure On the Waterfront has a truly
The sand drawings are a pre-cursor to the giant sand sculpture that
will be created by Sand in your Eye at the Pier Head during the
first On The Waterfront weekend at the world-famous Albert Dock, and
will be based on Picasso’s a dove of peace.
Jackie Ley, Director of Arts at Holly Lodge Girls' College said:-
“This is a great opportunity for our students and we are
delighted and privileged that they get to work with a world renowned
artist on such an exciting project. Being the only Specialist Visual
Arts School in Liverpool this project has allowed the students to
learn a new medium of art.”
The UK sand sculpture company are internationally renowned and their
sculptures and drawings are amazing artistic creations that are all
the more breathtaking because they are made of just sand and water.
They recently made a Guinness World Record drawing on Filey Beach in
North Yorkshire and past notable endeavours include a giant Charles
Darwin in Bradford and a giant Gollum for the Hollywood Sand
Sculpture Festival in Belgium.
This is the first time they have worked with school pupils.
Claire McColgan, Director of Culture Liverpool, added:- “The
sand drawings really demonstrate what the Waterfront weekends are
all about; artists of international standing creating a world-class
spectacle that’s very much a part of Liverpool. It’s just a taste of
the incredible free programme we’ve got lined up for visitors and
residents that is likely to be unrivalled in the UK this year.”
Liverpool’s ‘On the Waterfront’ weekends of culture
will be two of the biggest and most exciting FREE outdoor
festivals in Europe this year. Erupting in July with a feast of
family fun, the first weekend will be closely followed in August by
the biggest free dance festival in the UK this year featuring the
cream of European outdoor dance, including world-famous Argentinean
dance troupe Voala in their only date outside London this summer.
Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council’s culture service, with
Walk The Plank as Creative Producer, have joined together once more
to produce the outstanding programme of FREE live events,
further cementing Liverpool’s place as one of the top visitor
destinations in Europe.