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Wirral giants on parade today
GIANT statues created by youngsters and pensioners during workshops at a Birkenhead shopping centre will be paraded through the town today.
The four massive artworks, plus mini-me versions, will feature in a procession, starting in Hamilton Square at 12.30pm, and a game of hide and seek in the shopping centre.
The colourful creations, built during workshops at the Pyramids Shopping Centre, are based on four well-known Wirral characters, shipbuilder John Laird, Mother Redcap - landlady of a smuggler's pub – plus Wirral-born Lottie Dodd, five times Wimbledon champ, and a Birkenhead Priory monk.
Also featured are 16 other giants provided by Chester City of Giants.
Derek Millar, commercial director for the Pyramids Shopping Centre, gave space free of charge to The Stronger Communities Initiative Assembly to host the giant building workshops.
The scheme was the idea of Wirral Methodist Housing Association’s community liaison officer Jill Carter.
Jill said: "The workshops have been a great success, more than we ever hoped – we had parents and children queuing to get in, before we even opened.
"We've had about 70 people come in to help, from children through to pensioners.
"We even had a family from Sheffield, who heard about the project through relatives.
"And we got some teenagers, who at first didn’t seem to be interested, coming back every day because they got so involved in making the paper mache heads.
"And there was a lady of about 70 who dropped in to see what was happening, and ended up staying all day, then came the next, and finally brought her husband down to see what was going on.
"It made me smile to see the kids’ faces light up as they were working on the items, and how excited they got with the final creations.
"We also encouraged everybody to try different crafts, for instance Mother Redcap was supposedly covered in tattoos, so the children came up with designs, such as an old-fashioned heart with the name John – her husband’s name – in it.
"Mother Redcap was also known for her bling, so we’ve dressed her in a lot of jewellery. And one of the ladies has made a huge apron with jewels for her."
During the workshops youngsters have also created around 40 mini-giants, standing 4ft high, along with 200 carnival masks plus paintings showing Venetian carnival scenes and a Lowry-style landscape.
Jill added: "These will go on show in the shopping centre, because they are all so wonderful, and one of the giants will be joining them after the parade.
"We’ve also created a giant game of hide and seek, with items hidden in businesses and shops in the centre and Hamilton square.
"For instance, there’s a giant’s foot, which looks like an old man’s, which we’ve hidden in a shop. Quite an obvious shop, really.
"During the parade the giant of John Laird will be accompanied by apprentices from Cammell Lairds in their boiler suits and hard hats, which is a sign of how the whole community has got behind this project."
The giants have been created using donated items, such as yards of striped material left over from a tree-wrapping art installation, along with fabric swatches and samples from local shops.
Derek Millar said: "It is fantastic for us to play our part in such an inspiring community project and I am looking forward to seeing the parade on Sunday.
"Plus the artwork displays are worth a visit to the centre by themselves, I can’t believe just how creative everybody has been."
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