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Giants take over Birkenhead
GIANT statues created by youngsters and pensioners during workshops at a Birkenhead shopping centre were paraded through the town on Sunday.
The four massive artworks, plus mini-me versions, featured in a procession which began in Hamilton Square.
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.
They are now on show in the shopping centre. Also featured in Sunday’s parade were 16 other giants provided by Chester City of Giants.
Derek Millar, commercial director for the 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.
During the workshops youngsters created around 40 mini-giants, standing 4ft high, along with 200 carnival masks plus paintings showing Venetian carnival scenes and a Lowry-style landscape.
The giants were 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.
Speaking before the event, Jill Carter recalled: "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.”
To see our gallery of pictures taken by Stuart Bogg on Sunday, click here.
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