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Three queens line up for water ballet on Liverpool’s River Mersey
May 25, 2015Article by Charlotte Ashton
Prestigious cruise line Cunard this year celebrates its 175th birthday, after the Britannia sailed from British waters headed for America an astonishing 175 years ago. To mark the historic birthday, Cunard is hosting a variety of celebrations on board its ships throughout the year, as well as planning a number of exciting events, spread across seven weeks, that can be enjoyed by those with their feet firmly on dry land.
A dance of Queens
One of the most inventive celebrations will see Cunard’s three queens – the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2 – participate in a carefully choreographed water ballet on Liverpool’s River Mersey on 25th May 2015. Thousands are expected to line the river’s banks in honour of Cunard’s celebration in its hometown, which will form part of the Mersey River Festival.
Liverpool is well known of its rich maritime heritage, with the first dock built there in 1715. The ‘Old Dock’ was the world’s first enclosed commercial dock and signalled a new era in the efficiency of the transportation of goods by sea. It was swiftly followed by others, until Liverpool became one of England’s most important ports.
The city’s shipping heritage continues to this day, with the new Liverpool2 port, which will berth two enormous, 14,000 container ships, due to open later this year.
From ships to bricks
Liverpool also enjoys a rich architectural heritage, with many iconic buildings having sprung up throughout the centuries (the Port of Liverpool building being one of numerous examples). Within the city centre, old meets new in a delightfully unique blending of architectural styles.
Ray Withers, Chief Executive of specialist property investment company Property Frontiers, has been lucky enough to be involved in the renovation of one of the city centre’s most interesting properties. He explains,
“The Reeces Ballroom on Liverpool’s Parker Street was one of the city’s most exciting music venues during the 1960s, when it hosted frequent rhythm and blues nights. It was also the location of Beatle John Lennon’s wedding reception, when he wed his first wife Cynthia in 1962, but in the 1980s it was closed as a music venue.
“Having been used irregularly for shops since then, it is fantastic to see that the building is now being tastefully renovated so that it can remain an important part of Liverpool’s future as well as its past.”
The renovation work will see the premium L1 location turned into luxury studio and one bedroom apartments, designed to suit young professionals working in the city. Construction work is underway, after the development sold out earlier this year.