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Knowsley Safari looks for 500 people to take part in Tiger Parade

KNOWSLEY Safari is looking for 500 people from across Southport to get dressed up as tigers to take part in its 1st ever Tiger Parade, on Saturday, 25 May 2019. Taking place on the 2nd Bank Holiday weekend in May, the Tiger Parade is completely free to join and provides participants with full free access to Knowsley Safari for the day.  The Tiger Parade is being organised to raise awareness of the plight facing the endangered Amur Tiger. There are just 500 of the big cats living wild in the Russian Far East and Knowsley Safari is working with the WildCats Conservation Alliance to stabilise and increase the Amur Tiger population.

The Parade of:- 'big cat kids' and 'Amur adults' will march through Knowsley Safari's foot safari and marks the 1st anniversary since its 2 Amur Tiger sisters, Sinda and Bira, moved into their Russian inspired Tiger Trail habitat. The 10,000 metre squared natural terrain provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see and learn about the tigers close up.

Bridget Johnson, Research and Conservation Officer at Knowsley Safari, comments:- "It's been an incredible 12 months for the Tiger Trail. As well as educating hundreds of thousands of visitors, it is supporting WildCats Conservation Alliance projects, which protect the survival of these endangered big cats. The Tiger Parade is a celebration of these projects and helps involve people in saving the Amur Tiger for future generations. Along with the Parade, our team will be running optional sessions to help visitors learn more about the Amur Tiger and our conservation efforts."

To take part in the Tiger Parade, people are being asked to look their tiger best by wearing either a full on:- 'roaring to go' tiger fancy dress costume, accessories such as tiger masks, ears and tails, or a tiger-inspired mix of orange, black and white clothes. Interested applicants need to register via Knowsley Safari's website, by Wednesday, 15 May 2019, with successful participants being notified by email of their place in the Parade. They'll then be provided with a voucher that entitles them to join the Tiger Parade and full free access to Knowsley Safari, on Saturday, 25 May 2019. 

Event listing information:-

Name of event:- Knowsley Safari Tiger Parade.

What:- 500 people are being invited to dress as tigers and join a Parade marching through Knowsley Safari's foot safari to help save the endangered Amur Tiger.

Date:- Saturday, 25 May 2019.

Time:- Arrive, at 9:00am, Parade starts, at 9:45am .

Location:- Knowsley Safari, L34 4AN.

Cost:- Free to join - successful applicants will be notified by email.

Registration:- Register via Knowsley Safari's website, by Wednesday, 15 May 2019.

Marching towards Armed Forces Week 2019

The band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines assemble at the Pier Head on Armed Forces Day 2017.

THE countdown to Armed Forces Week 2019 has begun - and this year in Liverpool it's set to be bigger and better than ever... This Sunday, 5 May 2019, marks 50 days until celebrations start, on Monday, 24 June 2019, leading up to Armed Forces Day, on Saturday, 29 June 2019, with Reserves Day also marked on 26 June 2019.

Once again, Liverpool City Council's Culture Liverpool team is organising the programme of events and activities. Highlights include:-

Monday, 24 June 2019 - Flag raising ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall - 11am.

►  Wednesday, 26, June 2019 - HMS Eaglet Drumhead Service at Exchange Flags - 7.30pm.

►  Saturday, 29 June 2019 - Drumhead Service at Our Lady and St Nicholas Parish Church - 10.30 to 11am.

►  Saturday, 29 June 2019 - Tri-service parade lead by the band of HM Royal Marines to the gates of the Royal Albert Dock where the event will be officially opened by Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Peter Brennan - 11.15am.

►  Saturday, 29 June 2019 - Military exhibition at the Royal Albert Dock, including:- military assets and displays, from 10am to 4pm, as well as performances by local choirs and military bands from noon.

The full event schedule will be released in June.

Liverpool City Council holds the gold award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme under the Armed Forces Covenant and leads on supporting all members of the Armed Forces community, including their families, in the City.

Ian Francis, Liverpool's Armed Forces Champion, said:- "Armed Forces Week is always a great opportunity for us to thank not only the regular and reserve forces, but also the many veterans who call Liverpool their home. We're very excited by our programme this year which will not only give the City a chance to acknowledge all the men and women who serve but will also give all the services an opportunity to showcase the many skills that make our Armed Forces respected around the world."

Commodore Phil Waterhouse, who commands the Royal Navy in Northern England, said:- "The flag raising at the Town Hall has now become a tradition in Liverpool that signals the start of Armed Forces Week and I am so happy that these 7 days have become an important part of the City's calendar. Liverpool has a great respect for the whole of the Armed Forces community, from the youngest cadets, to its serving personnel, all the way through to its oldest veterans. And the City never forgets service families and supporters either. I know that the City's response is especial to all the service personnel who hail from or serve locally. Liverpool we salute you!"

For further information on Liverpool's programme of events visit:- CultureLiverpool.Co.UK, follow @CultureLPool or use #saluteourforces.  You can also find information on the national Armed Forces Day's official website

Did you know? Liverpool hosted the national event in 2017 and the main 2019 national Armed Forces Day event will be held in Salisbury.

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