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Mersey River Festival in full swing

Sailing ship
Liverpool's stunning waterfront is a great backdrop for river festival Credit: Press Association

One of the biggest maritime festivals in the UK is taking place on Liverpool waterfront this weekend.

As part of the Mersey River Festival half a dozen Tall Ships are gracing the River Mersey as Liverpool becomes one of the host ports for the Irish Sea Fleet - Maritime Tour 2013.

The weekend has not only welcomed ships from Ireland, but also from Denmark, France and Belgium.

The waterfront is home to aerobatic displays from Russian aircrafts, stunning live street theatre, wake boarders and a canoe polo tournament.

And this year sees an international flavour to the weekend as a World Music Stage has been set up at the Pier Head playing authentic African, Indian and Arabic music and dance for all to enjoy.

Liverpool Battle of Atlantic weekend in full swing

Man watching ship
A massive weekend of nautical events is taking place on the River Mersey. Credit: Press Association

Liverpool's Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary events continue today on the Mersey also veterans and their families will gather at the Cunard Building for a procession.

It be led by Chinese lion dancers, Indian drummers and troops from the Polish community representing the nationalities which made up crew on merchant and royal navy vessels.

It will head to the Merchant Navy memorial on the Pier Head for a poignant wreath-laying ceremony.

Later a Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft will fly over the waterfront in a Battle of Britain memorial flight.

Also the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines will join local artists in a sold-out concert at the city's Philharmonic Hall.

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