A record-breaking 1.3m people came out onto the streets of Liverpool and Wirral for the four-day Liverpool’s Dream spectacular and now images are being sought for a new book. Tony McDonough reports
It was four days on Merseyside that more than one million people will never forget when the Giants returned to our streets for the third and final time.
French street theatre company Royal de Luxe wowed us with their giant characters in 2012 and 2014 but their return last weekend for Liverpool’s Dream was the most spectacular visit of them all.
It has now been estimated that 1.3m turned out in Liverpool and Wirral to see the four Giants, making it the biggest-ever public event in the city region, surpassing even the Three Queens event in 2015.
The first two Giants events were estimated to have generated a combined £78m for the local economy and it is likely the latest extravaganza will have easily pushed that total figure through the £100m barrier.
Now, due to popular demand, Liverpool City Council is set to produce a limited edition book which will contain more than 100 beautiful images of Liverpool’s Dream.
The team wants anyone who thinks they have a fantastic or unique photograph to submit it to the Giants Team for the chance for it to be included in the final publication. The criteria for submission:
- No more than two images per person can be submitted
- Each image must be at least 3MB in size
- There must be no copyright or permissions attached to use the image
- Images must be submitted by people over the age of 16
No payment will be given for any of the images provided, but the photographer will be credited in the book. Click here to fill in the form and upload your images.
And if you don’t want to submit a photo of the event but would like to let the team know what the Giants mean to you, head to the same page on the website. Just add your memory or thoughts, name, age, where you live and a photo of yourself, and it may also be included in the special souvenir.
In order to publish the book in time for Christmas, the deadline is tight and all images or comments about the Giants need to be received by 5pm on Monday, October 15.
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Within hours of Liverpool’s Dream finale, we were being asking if a book would be produced so people could re-live the incredible spectacle they had experienced.
“The event was such a wonderful moment in the cultural history of Liverpool and Wirral that there was no question of not having a book showcasing some of its highlights. We know that there will be thousands of incredible pictures captured by the audience, and this is going to make it really tough to choose which ones appear in print.”
Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council, added: “The Giant’s visit to New Brighton was an unforgettable day and many of the 80,000 visitors who came to welcome him to Wirral will have taken stunning photos of his adventure.
“The reaction to the whole event has been overwhelming and we’re looking forward to seeing the images and reflections from this year’s Giant Spectacular on both sides of the Mersey.”