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24 February 2010
Liverpool welcomes HMS Liverpool
are in place to welcome home HMS Liverpool for her first visit
official voyage to the city in 3 years. The Type 42 Destroyer
is set to sail into her Liverpool home on Thursday, 24 February 2011 and
the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Hazel Williams, will
officially welcome them to the port when they sail in at 9am.
To mark the special homecoming the crew will exercise their right to
march through the streets of Liverpool on Friday 25 February 2011 at
Following a service at Our Lady and St Nicholas’ Church, the 180
strong crew will be led by Commanding Officer, Commander Colin
Williams, and an official Royal Navy band. They will march up Chapel
Street, along Tithebarn Street, Moorfields, Dale Street and ending
in Exchange Flags. The crew will be marching with bayonets fixed,
drums beating and Colours flying – something they are allowed to do
after they received the Freedom Right of Entry in 1983.
After saluting Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, the crew will take part in a
civic reception at the Town Hall where their work onboard the famous
vessel and their links with the city will be celebrated.
Councillor Hazel Williams said:- “This is a momentous event in
our civic calendar and it’s an honour to be Lord Mayor when this
iconic ship makes her first official visit to the city in 3 years.
HMS Liverpool is a proud symbol of the city all over the world, and
it’s fantastic we can thank the ship and its crew, past and present,
for the essential work they do.
Liverpool is a world renowned maritime city and this unmissable
homecoming, set against the backdrop of our World Heritage
waterfront, will be a truly fantastic sight.”
During the visit, the ship, which will be docked alongside the
Cruise Liner Terminal, will be open to the public on Saturday, 26
Sunday, 27 February 2011, from 12 to 4pm. Thousands are expected to
take the unique opportunity to go onboard the ship which is the
ship’s first major visit to the city in 3 years.
Commander Colin Williams, said:- “I am very proud to be
bringing HMS Liverpool to her spiritual home on the Mersey. There is
great anticipation among the crew for this visit and I know that
everyone is really looking forward not only to welcoming visitors on
board, but also enjoying the warm hospitality which we always
receive in Liverpool. And we will, of course, be honoured to
parade through the streets of the city on Friday – it will be a very
special day for all involved and we thoroughly appreciate the
welcome being organised by the Lord Mayor.”
The ship will depart the city on Monday, 28 February 2011 at 1pm
Did you know?
HMS Liverpool was built in Birkenhead by Cammell Laird. Cammell Laird, one of the
most famous names in British shipbuilding during the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries, came about following the merger of Laird, Son &
Co. of Birkenhead and Johnson Cammell & Co. and is the seventh ship
to bear the name. HMS Liverpool was launched on 25 September 1980, by Lady Strathcona, wife of the then Minister of State for Defence.
been involved in many operations including combating drug smuggling
in the South Atlantic. Until it’s decommissioned in 2012, she will
be part of Navy training exercises off the Scottish coast and in the
MEN TURNING INTO A NATION OF MUMMY’S BOYS
UK men are
turning into a nation of mummy’s boys as a survey reveals that 79%
of people questioned have returned to live with their parents at
some point. Surprisingly, mothers are more welcoming to their adult
sons than their daughters as they are more likely to pay rent, pitch
in with the housework and take their parents advice on their career
and love life. The survey looking at ‘flying the nest’ was
conducted by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to mark the DVD
release of Cyrus.
Parents are 3 times more likely to allow their boomerang sons to
keep moving in and out of home than their daughters who are seen as
lazier and less likely to contribute. In Fox’s latest DVD release,
lead character Cyrus has no qualms in manipulating his mum for his
own gain and when she enters into a new relationship he will go to
any length to make sure he is the only man in her life!
The survey showed that 58% of mums can easily be wrapped around
their sons little fingers and admit that they spoil them compared to
only 35% spoiling their daughters. Sons are more likely to have
their dinner cooked for them every night, have their washing and
ironing done and receive a personal taxi service.
Sons also receive more cash gifts, with 43% of parents admitting to
dipping into their savings to help them out. However, although boys
ask for cash more often girls ultimately borrow more; £624.18 and
£689.61 on average respectively during their time at home.
Despite boys seemingly coming out on top, the survey did reveal that
parents were more likely to worry that their sons would never move
out and that they weren’t independent enough.
Psychiatrist, Avie Luthra commented on the results:- “It’s not
surprising how much boys seem to get away with compared to girls
when it comes to their parents; boys traditionally are often treated
very differently to their female siblings. When watching Cyrus you
would think that his family situation was far from normal, but
clearly more and more adult children are living with their parents.
Kids who boomerang back and forth to their parents every time
something goes wrong can have a real effect on a couples’
relationship, be that a new relationship or a long term one. ”
The Queensway Tunnel
will be closed next week end
THE Queensway Tunnel will be
closed next from 6pm Friday 25 February 2011 until 6.30am
on Monday, 28 February 2011, for remedial repairs to the road drains at the
A Merseytravel spokesperson said:- ”The initial problem was
caused by the extremely cold winter conditions and while we have
effected emergency overnight repairs we need a longer period to
allow the concrete bedding, on which the cast iron drains sit, to
We apologise for any disruption these closures have caused, but we
are doing all that we can to minimise disruption whilst ensuring the
safety of Tunnel Users and our staff while protecting the Tunnel
Kingsway will be fully open during the period that Queensway is
closed we ask that Tunnel users plan their journey accordingly.”
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