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Memories of August 1914, part of 14-18 NOW, is one the UK's landmark events to mark the centenary of the start of First World War. It comes just two years after Liverpool came to a standstill for Sea Odyssey which paid tribute to the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The event saw one million people converge on the streets, taking in the awe-inspiring sight of three beautifully crafted giants which roamed the city on a heart-rending tale of love, loss and reunion. Those three days in April 2012 have become some of the most unforgettable in Liverpool's history and this new event is expected to join Sea Odyssey and become etched in the hearts and minds of everyone lucky enough to be part of the event.

Memories of 1914 is co-commissioned by Culture Liverpool and 14-18 NOW, The First World War Centenary Art Commissions.

Any journalists with queries about this or any other Liverpool City Council event please email us.

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Plea over missing banners

An appeal has been made for the return of giant banners, used to brighten up Kensington, which are believed to have been stolen.

 

They formed part of a project to improve the gateway route along the Prescot Road area and were used to mask a small industrial estate in Keble Street.

 

The banners were created, in a project involving the council’s Neighbourhood Services and Riverside’s Your Place Team by taking images of a neighbouring pocket park and digitally enlarging them.

 

They were placed over the palisade railings in front of the industrial estate. Five of the banners have now been removed. “At first we thought they may have been vandalised or weather-damaged but on closer inspection it showed that they had been carefully taken down so it looks like they have been stolen”, said Robbie Williams Assistant Neighbourhood Services Manager from Your Place.

 

Local Councillor Wendy Simon said: “It is really disappointing that somebody should have done this. The banners are very impressive and have been really popular with local residents. Many people looked at the banners and pointed out the areas of the park they showed.

 

“They were also brightening up the industrial area showing local businesses we want to work with them to improve their environment and encourage new business into the area.

 

“It could be that somebody sees taking these banners as a sort of souvenir-hunting but it is not acceptable – it is still taking something that does not belong to you. We would appeal to anybody who has any information about the banners to let us know.”

 

Anybody who has information about the banners should contact  Joanne Matthews Team Leader Neighbourhood Services North Team on 225 8695 or email Joanne.matthews@liverpool.gov.uk

  

  • Other work on the gateway arts project has seen giant poppies appear on hoardings around the former Kensington market and in Old Swan where there is also an open air art gallery.