Thursday, 30 May 2013
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
This Bank Holiday weekend, thousands set for the Liverpool docks in celebration of 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. Huge crowds arrived on Sunday as the Princess Royal arrived to lay a wreath at Liverpool Pier Head’s British Merchant Navy Memorial. Princess Anne payed her respects to British, Dutch, Norwegian, Belgian and Polish merchant navies, as well as others who also participated. The memorial took place at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, which attracted over 2,300 people, including veterans. War planes and helicopters then flew over the city.
The crowds were also able to see ships, planes and helicopters which fought in the battle, as well as going on board the ships and sitting in the cockpits of the planes. RAF soldiers were also present to talk about the battle and the ships, planes and choppers that played such an important role during the war.
The Battle of the Atlantic, a phrase coined by then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, was longest continuous military campaign of WWII and the longest and most complex naval battle in history. The UK, as an island nation, depended heavily on imports from overseas, including the US and Canada, in order to keep fighting. Germany, knowing this, decided to blockade imports to Britain, whilst Britain, the US and France tried to block ships providing Germany with arms, food and textiles. Liverpool played a vital role in battle, which is why it was chosen to host the event.
Monday, 6 May 2013
In 1978, after 74 years of construction, the biggest cathedral in the UK, and 5th biggest in the world, was completed. Standing at 331 ft tall, this Grade I listed building is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the North West of England. It boasts the largest and heaviest ringing peal of bells and the largest pipe organ in the UK. Admission is free, but for a small price you can climb to the top of the cathedral for an amazing view of the city.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Fratton Park is the home of Portsmouth FC, an English League One football team. The 20,688 seater stadium had been home to the Pompey since the team was formed in 1898. It hosted a first-round football game for the London 1948 Olympic Games, as well as en England international game in 1903 (vs Wales) and regularly hosts around 15,000 fans for Portsmouth FC matches.