The best views of the River
of Light revealed
DETAILS have been released of the best
places in Liverpool and Wirral to view the 2016 - 5 November fireworks display
on the River Mersey.
The build up to the River of Light will start from 4:00pm with street
entertainment from drummers and fire performers 'Bring the Fire' a
collective of fire dancers, circus skills teachers and flow arts promoters; at
► Hamilton Square/Woodside Ferry Terminal,
► Albert Dock Salthouse Quay, Liverpool.
► Mann Island, Liverpool.
► Princes Parade, Liverpool.
From 5:30pm, world renowned drummers:- 'Les
Commandos Percu' and 'Deabru Beltzak' will set off from outside Liverpool Town Hall
along a City Centre route, filled with music, lights and fireworks, ending at the
On the Liverpool side, people will have a great view from the Waterfront, running
from Alexandra Tower on Princes Parade right the way along past the Arena and
In Wirral, people can view the show along the promenade right the way from New
Brighton through to Seacombe and on to Woodside.
The fireworks display itself, which is taking place from 3 barges placed in the
middle of the River Mersey, is scheduled to start at 6:30pm and will last for
around 20 minutes.
This year's event is a collaboration between Liverpool City Council and Wirral
Council and aims to be 1 of the most ambitious fireworks events in the
country, with funding from partners helping make it a spectacular event.
Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor
Wendy Simon, said:- "This year we are trying something very different,
uniting both sides of the River Mersey with an event that we believe will be
hugely popular. We're encouraging the whole family to come along
beforehand, spend some time enjoying the top quality street entertainment, watch
the amazing fireworks display and then spend time perhaps having a meal
afterwards. It's great that we've managed to secure sponsorship funding
from a number of partners which is helping us deliver a fantastic event and a
real economic boost for Liverpool and Wirral."
Wirral Council leader, Cllr Phil Davies, said:- "We're delighted to be
involved in this amazing event and are keen to make sure as many people as
possible head down to the Wirral waterfront to enjoy it.
Wirral's Mersey shoreline will offer some of the best viewing points and
attractions for families of all ages and we look forward to welcoming the
thousands of spectators from across the region for what will be 1 of the most
spectacular bonfire night events anywhere in the country."
River of Light is being supported by Albert Dock Liverpool, Liverpool BID
Company, Liverpool ONE, Radio City, Hotel Indigo, Merseyrail, Birkenhead 1st (a Wirral Chamber of Commerce initiative), Its Liverpool and DONG Energy.
Paula Basnett, CEO for Wirral Chamber of Commerce said:- "Birkenhead 1st
is delighted to support River of Light, which will provide an amazing evening of
free family entertainment for visitors to Liverpool and Wirral. Our programme of
street theatre activity at Woodside and Hamilton Square means visitors to
Birkenhead can enjoy an evening of jaw-dropping entertainment with the added
advantage of having Liverpool's world heritage waterfront as the perfect
backdrop to a spectacular firework show."
Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager at Albert Dock Liverpool, said:- "It's
so good to see the Bonfire Night fireworks celebration return to Liverpool's
stunning waterfront this year, and here at Albert Dock, we will be at the heart
of all the action! Liverpool City Council have put together a great programme of
music, animation and fireworks for River of Light, and as a partner we will work
closely with them to ensure visitors have a 5 November, to remember!"
Please note, there will be no official fireworks displays taking place in Sefton
Park or Newsham Park this year!
Merseyrail is the easiest way to get to the event on both sides of the Mersey,
with stations at New Brighton and Hamilton Square for the Wirral waterfront and
Liverpool Central or James Street for the Liverpool waterfront. Trains run
frequently across Merseyside and tickets start from just £1.80. Plan your
To whet your appetite about what to expect on the evening, check out the video
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