Waterfront visitors can celebrate the 100th anniversary of Liverpool’s iconic Cunard Building in style this Saturday (2 July) as a day of special events is lined up.
Guests, live entertainment and the unveiling of a new waterfront feature are all lined up to mark the milestone anniversary of one of the city’s ‘Three Graces’.
Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth cruise ship will be provide a fitting start to the day’s events when she sails into the Liverpool Cruise Terminal at 7.15am, and will then remain berthed there until 10.15pm when she departs against a backdrop of spectacular fireworks.
During the day a 50-metre granite bench stretching the full length of the Cunard Building will be unveiled on the Strand side of the landmark by Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden and Inger Klein Olsen, the captain of Queen Elizabeth and Cunard’s first ever female ship captain.
The bench will feature a specially designed artwork charting the history of Cunard through bronze illustrations, called ‘The Journey’.
Two free concerts will take place on Pier Head from 2.30-3.15pm and 9.30-10.15pm, featuring the Royal Marines Band, Liverpool Welsh Choral and opera singer Danielle Thomas as they perform songs such as ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘All You Need is Love’ with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ as the finale.
The celebrations coincide with a busy weekend for the historic Cunard Building, as it opens its doors on Friday 1 July for the in-depth ‘About the Young Idea’ exhibition about The Jam.
Ahead of the centenary celebration Liverpool’s assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon says: “The arrival of Queen Elizabeth once again on the Mersey will, as always, be a spectacular sight and the significance of the date is a real nod to the role Liverpool, and the Cunard Building itself, has played in Cunard’s history.
“The arrival of a Cunard vessel in to the city always draws a crowd, so we wanted to make sure that we put on an event so people can feel part of the celebrations.”
She adds: “At the heart of this, it’s a celebration of a centenary of the Cunard Building and I think it’s important we think differently about how we use our historic venues. This weekend will see Cunard opening its doors to a brand new exhibition charting the rise and success of The Jam.
“With more plans in the pipeline, there is a real sense that we are opening up the building once again for the public, and hopefully can attract a raft of new audiences who can make the most of this waterfront gem.”