Strange goings on were noted in Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool on Saturday April 14, 2012 photographed from MANANNAN on her morning sailing to Douglas and her afternoon return sailing. There appeared to be giant puppets in Bramley Moore Dock area. Actually this is preparation for the "Sea Odyssey" puppet show to be held over the weekend of April 21 - 22 as Liverpool's contribution to the 2012 Titanic Commemoration. (See BBC web site). Yes once again Liverpool is indulging in its penchant for street theatre at the council tax payers' expense.
Whilst commemorating the sinking or RMS TITANIC is appropriate as the ship was conceived and registered in the port one wonders if a more permanent and tangible reminder of the anniversary could have been commissioned than yet more street theatre - why did not the council for instance sponsor the cosmetic restoration of the exterior of Albion House - the former White Star Line HQ? That might have been a better use of the money if it could have been arranged with the building owners. This prominent piece of local maritime architecture has been empty for years and presents a less than attractive sight at the junction of the Strand and James Street.
The previous appearance of large puppets was in 2008 when the giant spider "La Princess" was put together and trialled at Cammell Laird south yard. However, with wind farm construction facilities being installed there that was probably not available. This time Bramley Moore Dock is being used, possibly because it was thought to be out of the way and not noticeable by the public? Well Saturday's activity was clearly visible to those on passing ships.
Notice in the photographs below the Weaver packet JAMES JACKSON GRUNDY and preserved tug BROCKLEBANK are berthed nearby - presumably they will be making an appearance in the puppet show?