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WHIZZ! BANG! River of Light spectacular, 5 November


Liverpool and Wirral’s brand new fireworks event, River of Light, takes place on Saturday 5 November.

There’s nothing that welcomes the return of Autumn like firework night in Liverpool, so say “pish!” to dark nights, grab your warm coat and your big scarf and get ready for this one. It’s fair to say we’re very, very excited about this brand new event!

The running order of the evening is as follows:

  • 4pm – Build up begins with Bring The Fire street entertainment at Albert Dock Salthouse Quay, Mann Island, Princes Parade and Hamilton Square/Woodside Ferry Terminal in Wirral.
  • 5.30pm to approx. 6.15pmLes Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak, a group of world renowned drummers will parade from Liverpool Town Hall in a spectacular fusion of percussion and pyrotechnics.
  • 6.30pm – Mid-River fireworks display begins.
  • 6.50pm – Show ends.


Liverpool’s Grand Designs really impress!!


Yes, this week has seen thousands of visitors flock to the Echo Arena Labour Party Conference and stop….think, and take a closer look at Liverpool in all its glory.

I have heard so many comments about Liverpool’s fantastic waterfront, the historic buildings, entertainment, hotels and brilliant shopping facilities. Positive comments have abounded day after day and rung in my ears as I flit from conference to conference.

Involving myself in the many Fringe events connected with Culture, Brexit, and…… ‘How can we engage more young in their local communities’ gave me an opportunity to tune into the many visitors positive perceptions of the city during breaks, when we explored the ‘complimentary food and refreshments’ on offer.

Many visitors had travelled from the south and were on a first visit, but having seen what the city could offer……… promised a more in-depth visitation later in the year, to sample the ‘culture’ and the many museums, art gallery’s, and theatres; some even suggested a need to tread the many trails of the Beatles, or seek out educational establishments such as the LSTM in the Georgian or now also known as ‘the Knowledge Quarter’ some suggested even traveling further afield to the football mecca’s of Liverpool and Everton.

During the week, I became immersed in many of the public debates with leading politicians and thinkers, centering around bringing people together to strengthen communities through art, culture and social cohesion. L8 and the Biennial became a discussion point with ownership and belonging: reclaiming and reinventing public space a serious issue of discussion.

In one such meeting, favourable comments about Liverpool were voiced by Anna Turley MP during her ‘instilling skills, uniting communities’ conference debate chat.

Anna made it clear how the fantastic value a city’s heritage could make to the economy and the well-being of everyone, with Liverpool seen to be a perfect example of this.
I was pleasantly pleased when she recommended that Redcar her local constituency, look to Liverpool as an exemplar turn-around city using its wonderful historical assets.

‘Preston on Sunday’ did wonders too and gave the Titanic Hotel a good plug. The future of that area is really opening up and dissolving the city’s “divided” aspect. Hopefully more investment will pour into the Vauxhall and Bootle areas so we can become a more inclusive city and try successfully for the ‘European Green City Award’ with the Atlantic Corridor area fully serviced and developed with a development drive right up to Crosby.

During this week our TV has given us a constant nightly drip feed of impressive Liverpool backdrops giving the nation a full view of Liverpool’s iconic seafront and grand designs during casual interviews of political characters.

No matter what your politics though, this Labour Conference event was a showcase for the city. I was proud to be a Liverpool citizen while seated in the Tate sipping an espresso surrounded by envious southern colleagues.
I retold the old, old story of standing in the same warehouse room, windows smashed and pigeons galore flying about, telling Michael H. what a fine architectural city this was.

The vision in those early days was to clean up the Mersey, create the Mersey Forest and develop a Garden Festival. This was the blueprint for today.

The future plans for the city on both sides of the Mersey look stunning…. but that’s for another day.






The City of Liverpool will show its support today following the homophobic attack in Orlando over the weekend. The iconic St George’s Hall in the heart of Liverpool city centre will host a special Vigil on the Plateau from 7-8pm tonight with speakers from Liverpool Pride, Trans Liverpool and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.  Organisers are encouraging all to come along show support. 

St George’s Hall will also be lit up by Liverpool City Council in LGBT rainbow colours this evening to show the city’s love and support to the victims and all affected by the terrible events at the USA Gay nightclub.

Liverpool Town Hall is also flying the LGBT flag at half-mast today to remember the victims and Liverpool’s LGBT+ venues will show their support by partaking in a minute’s silence at 7pm.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded when a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday morning.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “The tragedy in Orlando is truly heart-breaking, innocent lives lost or changed forever due to one individual’s hate. The City of Liverpool stands with the people of Orlando and LGBT people everywhere in love, support and solidarity”.

Zoran Blackie, A Trustee of Liverpool Pride said: “Our hearts go out to all the community across Orlando, especially for all those friends and family and shattered lives. We remain proud to stand up against hate in all its forms, and such tragedies remind us of the need to bring communities together and unite against prejudice.”

Andi Herring, Chair, Director – Stanley Street Quarter CIC added “As a city and as the Stanley Street Quarter, it’s important we stand with the people of Orlando and show we will not allow attacks like this to set back the progress our community has made for equality. As the official LGBT Quarter for the city, safety is always our main priority, and horrific events like this go against everything we stand for.”

The city’s own Liverpool Pride Festival will take place next month with a two-day event on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July. The free event will take place in a new, more prominent position in the St George’s Quarter and features the well-established Liverpool Pride March on the Saturday.

The festival coincides with the anniversary of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008. The Liverpool Pride festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to celebrate his life and to empower the LGBT communities.

Liverpool Pride Festival is now a key highlight in the city’s Summer events programme, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to attend, the organisers are encouraging all to take part and support the annual LGBT festival that celebrates LGBT+ people’s lives but also acknowledges there is still more to do to achieve equality for LGBT+ communities.

A new initiative for 2016, Come Out Of The Shadows, is a campaign to see the city’s iconic venues lit in the Pride rainbow colours in a bid to make Liverpool the most visibly LGBT friendly city in the UK, this is supported by the Police Commissioner’s Fund as a Hate Crime initiative. The campaign challenges prejudice and in particular homophobia and transphobia.  The events in Orlando reinforce the need for positive action, awareness raising and uniting communities to help overcome ignorance and support freedom for all people.

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