- 23rd Mersey
Festival 13 - 16 June.
page Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
weekend saw Liverpool, newly designated European Capital of Culture for 2008, celebrate its annual Mersey River Festival, which is now the UK's biggest free maritime festival. The glorious weather was a great advantage and the event drew vast crowds estimated at more than half a million. Good humour was the order of the day amongst viewers and participants alike. Many bands played, entertainers abounded and of course, ships, boats and barges, of all sorts and sizes, tall and small, played central roles. Events included an exciting Royal Marines display and a stunning fly pass by the RAF, along with the Fleet Air Arm's Swordfish, Newfoundland Water Rescue Dogs, RNLI, Mersey River Rescue and the Historic Diving Society to name just a few who added spice to the
proceedings. The whole event provided a wonderful spectacle for all to enjoy and was a great boost to the local economy. Once again this was a prestigious festival, well organised and executed. Congratulations to all concerned.
If that wet your appetite then try these events....
The prestigious Photographic Competition Exhibition, which is free to view, is open in the Atrium of the Royal Liver Building until 4th July, during office hours, Monday to Friday.
Cruising Along with Opera, a mid-summer concert in St. George's Hall at 7.30 p.m. on 21st June. Tickets are priced £7.50 from the Bluecoat Chambers on 0151-709 5297.
Paddlequest North West on the 21st of June. Kayaking and canoe polo are among the competitions being organised by the British Canoe Union for young people in Queen's Dock from 9am. More information from 0151-708 9322.
Tattoo, a dramatic 40-minute musical, takes place on 21st June outside the Palm House in Sefton Park at 10.30pm with free admission
The Liverpool Colourscape Festival, which is open at the Pier Head until 22nd June. Opening times are 12-1 p.m. on weekdays and from 12-6 p.m. this weekend (June 21st & 22nd).
here for photographs.