BIRKENHEAD's iconic Town Hall building will become the canvas for what promises to be a spectacular 3D projection inspired by the town's story this Sunday.

The one-off light and sound display is the grand finale for Animated Square, an evening of free family entertainment in Hamilton Square which starts at 6pm.

It is part of Wirral's cultural programme for the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, with maritime-themed events celebrating the borough's maritime connection planned for the whole Bank Holiday weekend, taking place from Friday to Bank Holiday Monday.

The display, specifically created by award-winning Illuminos, reflects Birkenhead's people, places and history.

Brothers Matt and Rob Vale who run Illuminos have spent time delving into the town's past, present and future to find stories they could incorporate into the show.

Their research took them to Wirral Archives, Birkenhead Priory, Birkenhead Library, Birkenhead Park, Bidston Windmill and Cammell Lairds, and they spoke to local archivists and historians.

Illuminos' work will also be seen in Liverpool the same weekend as part of The Sun, The Moon and The Stars,

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 10pm this large scale dance, pyrotechnic and projection performance on the Cunard building is the finale of the city’s Tall Ships celebrations.

The two displays will feature shared elements which highlight the connection between Liverpool and Wirral.

Rob Vale from Illuminos said: "It's been fascinating to discover the story of Birkenhead, looking to weave together all these varied elements into a single piece that plays with the architecture of the town hall.

"The local knowledge from people here has been wonderful to share, uncovering windmills, vikings, ship builders, goddesses, poets and even a magic scroll!

"Hopefully people will enjoy spotting all these elements within the projection, some that they know, some that are new to them.

"We'll be going back hundreds of years and even into the future in the space of a few minutes, and the town hall will have never looked quite like it before.

"We're hoping it will prove a huge talking point after the event, and encourage people to go and rediscover the amazing place they live in."

Visitors will need to wait until it gets dark for the full impact of the display as it unfolds against the night sky, with the projection currently scheduled to start at around 10pm.

There will be plenty to keep everyone entertained in the lead up to the main event with the chance to encounter sea creatures and even some surprising ships funnels in and around Hamilton Square.

Creative and circus activities are also on offer to keep the whole family entertained and there will be a selection of food and drink stalls.

On the main stage, singing pirates are set to perform musical highlights from MATE Productions' new adaptation of Treasure Island and performances from OLC Productions' Polichinello Circus.

Wirral Council leader Phil Davies said: "It's the first time that anything like this has been seen in Wirral.

"The footage we've seen so far is fantastic and we're confident the event will create awe-inspiring memorable moments, with Birkenhead Town Hall providing an incredible backdrop.

"Not only will this be a highlight of the Tall Ships weekend, but also our whole Imagine Wirral year."

The events have been organised by Wirral Council, supported by Arts Council England.

Liverpool's events include international and local art works, installations, music, dance and theatrical performances commissioned by Culture Liverpool.