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Issue:- 24 May  2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tour visits Liverpool
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LIVERPOOL played host to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tour of the UK, on Thursday, 17 May, 2012, and we just couldn’t miss it. The Albert Dock was packed out as The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended an event in the Maritime Museum. The Royal Party started the visit with a ride in one of Liverpool's iconic Wacker Quacker Ducks; in this case it was Wacker Quacker 1, owned and operated by local firm, Yellow Duck Marine. The driver was from Liverpool and the tour guide was from Formby! After the trip on this amphibious assault vehicle, which was originally designed for landing troops on enemy beaches during the Second World War, they headed into the Merseyside Maritime Museum for lunch. The lunch was prepared by Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Head Chef, Ben Sheeran. The Royal couple had the meal at the Maritime Dining Rooms, with the stunning views across the Albert Dock and the Pier Head as the back drop. All the food was sourced locally. Just before the visit Ben Sheeran said:- "I hope I have picked the perfect dish for the time of year, as we're just entering mackerel season. We have taken great pride in creating it for the Royal visit, even down to the finer points of catching the mackerel ourselves. The fish have been 'line caught', which is recognised as a sustainable method, because it avoids the by-catch associated with large-scale trawling nets. We felt this approach to the menu was very important when serving The Queen, in order to provide fresh, sustainable ingredients that have been sourced locally." After the lunch the Royal Party then departed, and an historic sight, which might never happen again, was witnessed; four Merseyside Lord Lieutenants, all in full uniform and the High Sheriff of Merseyside with the Queen! Also in attendance were Liverpool's Kensington All Saints Brownies who both welcomed in and cheered off the Royal party, having been invited to participate as part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations. If you attended or had been involved, please let us know your memories of this historic visit by emailing us to:-

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