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Liverpool prepares to set sail for 2005 - Year of the Sea

Liverpool prepares to set sail for 2005 - Year of the Sea

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Liverpool will unveil plans to celebrate 2005 - Year of the Sea as part of an international maritime festival tomorrow (Friday, December 12).

The city has agreed to promote its third Capital of Culture themed year as part of SeaBritain 2005, which will culminate in the bi-centennial celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar on 21-22 October.

Liverpool is being used as a major plank in a bid by the National Maritime Museum, Visit Britain, the Official Nelson Commemorations Committee and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to encourage and inspire greater use of the seas, rivers and inland waterways.

The city is to host one of the first SeaBritain Roadshows outside of London, tomorrow (Friday, December 12) at the Merseyside Maritime Museum when Liverpool’s plans for 2005 will be outlined.

The roadshow steering group, led by recently retired Chairman of the British Tourist Authority David Quarmby, will call on organisations across the North West to join in Liverpool’s year long celebrations.

Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Company is also in discussion with arts organisations to find out what part they wish to play in Liverpool’s Year of the Sea, to contribute to SeaBritain 2005.

As part of 2005, Liverpool is planning:

- The opening of the £10m Liverpool Cruise Liner Berth - March/April

- A special 60th anniversary VE celebration - May 7-9

- The annual Mersey River Festival - June 10-13

- The Lyver Trophy Yacht Race - Fastnet Qualifier - Liverpool to Dublin - July

- To be a staging port for Navies en route to the Trafalgar Review of the Fleet in the Solent June 28

- The start of the Clipper 2005 Round The World Yacht Race - September 18
Run Liverpool (International Half Marathon and 10K along the waterfront) - October

- Firework Display on River Mersey - November 5

Sir Bob Scott, Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: ‘’Year Of The Sea is fundamental to our preparations as European Capital of Culture. The Mersey and its stunning waterfront is a major asset to the city and will host many of the celebrations in 2008.

‘’We want as many people and organisations to join us in celebrating the wonderfully rich legacy of the Mersey. One of the major successes of 2008 should be the repositioning of the river as a central hub for life in Liverpool in the 21st century.’’

David Henshaw, Liverpool City Council Chief Executive, said: ‘’The Mersey is Liverpool’s lifeblood. It has flowed through the course of our 800-year history, shaping the city’s fortunes, its character and the fate of millions. Now it is helping to generate a new wave of success as we use it as a springboard to become a major tourist destination and premier European city.

‘’By 2005, with potential World Heritage status and developments such as the Cruise Liner Terminal, the 4th Grace and Kings Dock arena, we should have a unique waterfront which the world will want to see.

‘’The city council has been working for more than a decade to build up a festival programme that celebrates the river and compliments a world class waterfront. 2005 will accelerate this. With Year of the Sea as part of SeaBritain it will enable the rest of Britain to see what Liverpool is doing and jump aboard our celebrations in time for 2008.’’

Other proposals for 2005 include the Summer Pops hosting a Sea Britain 2005 Concert. And the city’s major cultural institutions such as the National Museums Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are all researching specially designed maritime themed exhibitions and events.

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Re: Liverpool prepares to set sail for 2005 - Year of the Sea

Great Piece of information Tom, As always you have delivered the goods.

Regards Gerry (bosun)