Walking in the Footsteps of Giants:Taking the King’s shilling – Paul’s story

Picture courtesy of Giant Spectacular

Picture courtesy of Giant Spectacular

Q – Hi Paul. Before we start, tell us what your day job is?

I’m a supplier quality controller.

Q – What role did you play in the Giant Spectacular?

I was a Benevol (one of the orange t-shirted folk who escort the Giants around the city) and on the last day I played a member of the Pals regiment who took the King’s shilling and signed up for war.

Q – So what was the experience like for you?
One of my ancestors is Harry Lewis. He was a lieutenant in the Kings Regiment. He was based in Edge Lane  Liverpool and lived in Wallasey. He was blown to smithereens in Flanders in 1916. He is remembered in Princes Rd Synagogue on a memorial tablet. Being a member of the Liverpool Pals re-enactment is my way of honouring his memory as well as highlighting the futility and sacrifice of war.
Q – Were there any challenges/tough bits?

Dealing with the public!

Q – Was there a particular highlight for you?

The finale at the Clarence Dock

Q – How are you feeling now it’s all over?

I can’t wait for the next event!

Paul with our favourite mad French genius, Jean Luc Courcoult

Paul with our favourite mad French genius, Jean Luc Courcoult

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