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Wirral waterfront set to welcome visitors for Battle of Atlantic commemorations

17th May 2013

Categories: News

The Wirral waterfront will come alive with throngs of visitors when ships visiting Wirral for the 70th commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic leave the River Mersey on Tuesday, May 28.

The co-ordinated departure will round-off a Bank Holiday weekend of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the longest continuous military campaign of World War II.

This includes a visit by the Cammell Laird built vessel HMS Edinburgh, who will be paying her final visit to the Mersey before being decommissioned. The ship will be moored at Cammell Laird wet basin and open for public tours on May 25, 26 and 27 between 11am and 4pm. This is the first time that Cammell Laird has been open to the public for 20 years.

As national focus for the commemorations, Liverpool is hosting a series of events to pay tribute to the courage and fortitude of every man and woman involved.

And Wirral is set to provide a prime vantage point for many of the events taking place on the river, including the departure of ships between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday May 28.

The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr David Mitchell, said: ‘We hope to welcome many visitors to Wirral that particular weekend, especially for the departure of the ships on the Tuesday. While they are here, they may like to visit the memorials that pay tribute to the fallen, not just of WWII, but everyone who has died in conflicts before and since then.’

There are a number of memorials along the Mersey waterfront, and in the vicinity. These include the memorial to the ‘Cockleshell Heroes,’ on Woodside Promenade, adjacent to the Mersey Ferries terminal, commemorating the bravery of the men who took part in one of the most daring raids of WWII, including Corporal Bert Laver of Birkenhead.

Also in Birkenhead, a short walk from Hamilton Square Station will reveal Wirral’s most comprehensive War Memorial in Hamilton Square, which commemorates recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross, service personnell who died in WWI and WWII, and those who have died in action since then. It also includes memorials to the Merchant Navy 1914 – 18 and 1935 – 1945, Boer War, and plaques to remember Far East Prisoners of War and the Civilian and Emergency Services.

There are also a series of plaques along the promenade provided by Carl Leckey MBE, who lives in New Brighton, in tribute to seamen and civilians who died as a result of enemy action on the River Mersey.

Visitors walking along the promenade will also be able to see the magnificent Grade II listed memorial near to at Vale Park, New Brighton.

For further details about Wirral, click here & click here for details of Battle of Atlantic related events at Fort Perch Rock.

There are also some special Mersey Ferries cruises throughout the event.

www.visitwirral.com

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