Route revealed for Liverpool Giants parade

Huge crowds gathered at previous 'giant' events in Liverpool

Huge crowds gathered at previous 'giant' events in Liverpool

First published in News

THE full route for a parade of giant marionettes in Liverpool to commemorate the outbreak of World War One has been announced.

Memories of August 1914 will take in Liverpool landmarks including St George's Hall, the Chinese Arch, the waterfront and the city's cathedrals.

Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo will explore the city while Grandmother searches for them.

The event, running from Wednesday, July 23 to Sunday, July 27, will end with the three giants sailing away on the River Mersey.

It is anticipated that hundreds of people from St Helens will travel to the city to catch a glimpse of the event.

A story will be retold about the outbreak of the war and part of the show will be dedicated to the Liverpool Pals battalions.

Memories of August 1914 planned route for July 25. The show is one of many events that will be taking place across the country over the next four years to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the war.

During the first two days, Grandmother will "sleep" in the Great Hall in St George's Hall.

Royal de Luxe, the French street theatre company behind the event, said the main action would start on July 25, when Little Girl Giant "wakes up" at the Queensway Tunnel.

On July 26, the puppets will follow a different route Grandmother will then leave St George's Hall and will be reunited with the two other giants in Newsham Park at about 8pm.

On July 26, the puppets will follow a different route.

The following day will end at Clarence Dock, ahead of the giants boarding a ship at Canning Dock on July 27.

During the event, the giants will cover 30 miles in total.

Memories of August 1914 comes two years after a Titanic-inspired show called Sea Odyssey, which saw the little girl and her dog search the city for her uncle.

On July 27, all the puppets will walk from Clarence Dock to Albert Dock.

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7:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

keepitreel says...

could someone please tell me what this has got to do with remembering the dead in the great war,it seem it is just a party for LIVERPOOL and another way of filling the tills in the pubs and cafes in the city centre,they seem to be making it up as they go along,they have the giants so lets make a story around them,"oh you have another one of an old woman that your using somewhere else,never mind we will have it and we will call it something like THE GRANDMOTHER OF LIVERPOOL" seems to have been the phone call to the owners of the giants,it has been done before so whats new,how will this be any different to them going through the city and getting on a boat to sail away (probably to come back in a couple of years for something else) than last time,i think it is a total disrespect to those that died for their memory to be used as a street party,no wonder no other city wanted it,how can it be dignified with gangs of screaming kids laughing at a giant DOG !!!!
could someone please tell me what this has got to do with remembering the dead in the great war,it seem it is just a party for LIVERPOOL and another way of filling the tills in the pubs and cafes in the city centre,they seem to be making it up as they go along,they have the giants so lets make a story around them,"oh you have another one of an old woman that your using somewhere else,never mind we will have it and we will call it something like THE GRANDMOTHER OF LIVERPOOL" seems to have been the phone call to the owners of the giants,it has been done before so whats new,how will this be any different to them going through the city and getting on a boat to sail away (probably to come back in a couple of years for something else) than last time,i think it is a total disrespect to those that died for their memory to be used as a street party,no wonder no other city wanted it,how can it be dignified with gangs of screaming kids laughing at a giant DOG !!!! keepitreel
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7:52pm Sat 7 Jun 14

keepitreel says...

why have 3 people given this a thumbs down without making a comment,,am i right or wrong about the fundamental idea.
why have 3 people given this a thumbs down without making a comment,,am i right or wrong about the fundamental idea. keepitreel
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2:44pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

You are right keepitreel - it's nothing to do with remembering the war and those who sacrificed their lives. There will certainly be no dignified or respectful contemplation. Because this is a special year of rememberance, this event has been tagged on just to give it more justification.

Apparently, having a look at the "Grandmother" in action warranted a junket to Nantes by Liverpool bigwigs even though they had already hosted the "Girl and her Dog" This has been featured on North West Tonight all this week. Surely when you have seen one "giant" working you have seen them all. Isn't it strange that when it comes to hammering the poor tax payer there is always the excuse that budgets are tight but when it comes to street theatre, money is no object?
You are right keepitreel - it's nothing to do with remembering the war and those who sacrificed their lives. There will certainly be no dignified or respectful contemplation. Because this is a special year of rememberance, this event has been tagged on just to give it more justification. Apparently, having a look at the "Grandmother" in action warranted a junket to Nantes by Liverpool bigwigs even though they had already hosted the "Girl and her Dog" This has been featured on North West Tonight all this week. Surely when you have seen one "giant" working you have seen them all. Isn't it strange that when it comes to hammering the poor tax payer there is always the excuse that budgets are tight but when it comes to street theatre, money is no object? Hughwithaview
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4:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

moonman77 says...

You two would boo the fairy godmother. The event is to commemorate the start of the First World War. It's not an event to remember soely the dead. I went 2 years ago. It's fantastic and loved by all generations. It's also an event to ensure we never forget.
You two would boo the fairy godmother. The event is to commemorate the start of the First World War. It's not an event to remember soely the dead. I went 2 years ago. It's fantastic and loved by all generations. It's also an event to ensure we never forget. moonman77
  • Score: -2

6:07pm Thu 12 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

Is it passing through Church st...for a coffee?
Is it passing through Church st...for a coffee? barrie timpson
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