Round up - Memories of August 1914 Event

Merseyside Police has thanked the hundreds of thousands of people who have been in Liverpool since Wednesday, 23 July, to see the Memories of August 1914 event.

Huge numbers of visitors and local people have turned out to see the return of the Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo, along with the new Grandmother Giant.

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The giants have enchanted the crowds, touring the city, putting on spectacular shows in Newsham Park and Clarence Dock and finally leaving on a boat down the River Mersey today, Sunday, 27 July.

Silver Commander for the event, Chief Superintendent Jon Ward, said: "I'd like to thank everyone who has come to see the Giants for creating a fantastic atmosphere in Liverpool over the last five days.

"The event has combined a huge spectacle of street theatre with some very poignant moments as people mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

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"The Giants have once again proved hugely popular and there's no doubt the crowd's enthusiasm, good-humour and patience have contributed to making the event the enormous success it has been.

"I am also pleased to say that we have had no arrests over the five days, which is a credit to the people of Merseyside and everyone who has visited us.

"We have worked with our partners, including Liverpool City Council, for a number of months to plan the event, and I'd like to thank them for their support.  I'd also like to acknowledge the professionalism of the officers on duty along with that of the hundreds of volunteers who have given up their time to make the event run smoothly. 

"Memories of August 1914 has created lots of interest both across the UK and around the world.  Liverpool is renowned for showcasing events of this magnitude in style and I'm pleased people have, once again, had the opportunity to see what a great place our city is."