Saturday, 10 January 2009
'The Leaving of Liverpool'
This evening sees Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture coming to an end with a singsong and fireworks by the waterfront. Liverpool will officially hand over the mantle to Linz, Austria, during the event. Elsewhere in the city, a number of cultural venues are keeping their doors open until late at night to allow people free access to museums, galleries and music events. Despite the heated debates and apprehension that preceded, the year has been hailed as a success both commercially and for the city's image. The BBC News website has a brief summary of the year here. Above are a few of my photos taken in Liverpool,including one of the much acclaimed 'La Princesse' who lurched through the streets of Liverpool under rainy August skies. The fact that thousands of people turned up to see this giant mechanical spider was testimony to how the people of Liverpool took the year's events to their hearts. Funnily enough my phobia of spiders big and small disappeared for the day.
'The Leaving of Liverpool' is a traditional folk song, which tells of a young man leaving his home town and loved ones, on board a ship heading to California. It can be heard here performed by the group 'The Dubliners'