The Giants return to Liverpool

Little Girl Giant will feature in the parade

The Giants take to the streets

First published in News

POLICE are issuing safety advice ahead of the Giants’ return to Liverpool this week, which is expected to see thousands of visitors from St Helens flock to the city.

Memories of August 1914 sees the return of the Little Girl Giant and Xolo the dog, who were last in the city for Sea Odyssey in 2012.

They will be joined by a new Grandmother Giant, who will be in the UK for the first time.

The spectacular – which celebrates 100 years since the start of the First World War – began yesterday, Wednesday, with the Grandmother Giant ‘lying in state’ in St George’s Hall for two days.

The Giants will start their route through the city on Friday, with the event culminating in them leaving along the Mersey on Sunday lunchtime.

Chief Superintendent Jon Ward, of Merseyside Police, said: “Officers will be visible throughout the event to help make sure everyone enjoys it safely, but there are also some simple steps people can take to help protect themselves and their belongings.

“The event will inevitably mean many roads are closed, so you may want to think about public transport. If you do drive to Liverpool, use a designated car park.”

Police advice includes:

  • Follow all directions or instructions given by officers, safety stewards and volunteers
  • Don’t leave property, including bags and mobile phones, unattended and keep valuables close
  • Keep wallets, purses and cash safe and out of sight
  • Keep children close by, as there will be large crowds for the event

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8:31pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

First let me say that no one loves a parade more than me and I have seen many but the thing I find hard to reconcile with this, is the attachment of rememberence of the First World War.

I do not see what place giant puppets, particularly ones which break wind and crouch down to urinate on the road, have in remembering what happened in 1914.
First let me say that no one loves a parade more than me and I have seen many but the thing I find hard to reconcile with this, is the attachment of rememberence of the First World War. I do not see what place giant puppets, particularly ones which break wind and crouch down to urinate on the road, have in remembering what happened in 1914. Hughwithaview
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9:18am Sat 26 Jul 14

frankly says...

it is a good spectacle and draws in the crowds, ONCE YOU MANAGE TO GET THERE. Public transport a disgrace for those having to travel any distance... We went to Shaw St FOR THE 0930 TRAIN.. No chance, Must have been 200 on the platform and when it did arrive, it was full to the brim, and nobody got onto it. Myself and others then went to the bus station for a better chance, and we did eventually get a seat. But they couldnt take anymore on, and hardly made a stop on the way, apart from the odd passenger who was getting off on route...Rail a total disgrace, just the two carriages as a normal day for such an event..even on normal days some have to stand to Liverpool..and that shouldn't happen in this day and age and the prices of travel on the public systems
it is a good spectacle and draws in the crowds, ONCE YOU MANAGE TO GET THERE. Public transport a disgrace for those having to travel any distance... We went to Shaw St FOR THE 0930 TRAIN.. No chance, Must have been 200 on the platform and when it did arrive, it was full to the brim, and nobody got onto it. Myself and others then went to the bus station for a better chance, and we did eventually get a seat. But they couldnt take anymore on, and hardly made a stop on the way, apart from the odd passenger who was getting off on route...Rail a total disgrace, just the two carriages as a normal day for such an event..even on normal days some have to stand to Liverpool..and that shouldn't happen in this day and age and the prices of travel on the public systems frankly
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9:18am Sun 27 Jul 14

keepitreel says...

Hughwithaview wrote:
First let me say that no one loves a parade more than me and I have seen many but the thing I find hard to reconcile with this, is the attachment of rememberence of the First World War.

I do not see what place giant puppets, particularly ones which break wind and crouch down to urinate on the road, have in remembering what happened in 1914.
i have been making this point from the day it was announced,i have asked for a comment from JOE ANDERSON also from radio Merseyside as to what this has to do with the millions who died as a of now no reply.
[quote][p][bold]Hughwithaview[/bold] wrote: First let me say that no one loves a parade more than me and I have seen many but the thing I find hard to reconcile with this, is the attachment of rememberence of the First World War. I do not see what place giant puppets, particularly ones which break wind and crouch down to urinate on the road, have in remembering what happened in 1914.[/p][/quote]i have been making this point from the day it was announced,i have asked for a comment from JOE ANDERSON also from radio Merseyside as to what this has to do with the millions who died as a of now no reply. keepitreel
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