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Kate Winslet to receive CBE

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, 37, who achieved worldwide fame for her role in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, will receive a CBE today for services to drama.

Kate Winslet will receive a CBE Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The actress said: "I feel deeply proud to receive this, as a part of an ever-expanding community of British actors and film-makers who are fortunate enough to be able to contribute to an international industry. This makes me very proud to be a Brit."


Titanic street puppets attract bumper crowds

A city became a land of the giants as huge puppets took centre stage in one of the UK's biggest-ever street theatre performances.

Thousands of people turned out in Liverpool to watch Sea Odyssey, an epic £1.5 million production by French marionette experts Royal De Luxe.

The three-day event tells the story of a 30-ft Little Girl Giant searching for her father, a missing crewman on the sunken Titanic.

To see ITV Granada's coverage of the event, click here.

Sea Odyssey hits Liverpool

Three giant puppets - a little girl, her dog and her diver uncle - continue their parade of Liverpool's streets today, as part of the city's Titanic centenary celebrations.

Little Girl Giant waking up with her dog Xolo in Stanley park Liverpool Credit: Karl Raven

The Sea Odyssey event, created by French company Royal de Luxe, is expected to cover 23miles around the city over the weekend.

Thousands turned out to watch the Giant Diver walk through the city centre Credit: ITV Granada


Giant Titanic puppets to walk the streets of Liverpool

Liverpool will come to a standstill this weekend as it is taken over by giant puppets for a street theatre production inspired by the Titanic.

Little Girl Giant has been produced by marionette experts Royal De Luxe and will tell a love story based around the sinking of the famous liner 100 years ago.

Emmy-Lou Hussin, aged 5, looks at the Little Girl Giant. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The Little Girl Giant, a giant marionette created by experts Royal De Luxe. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The giant puppets, which have appeared in the UK only once before, are expected to attract thousands of spectators as it makes its way through Liverpool over the next three days.

To see ITV Granada's coverage of the event click here.

Prayers said for victims of Titanic disaster

A memorial service, marking the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster, has taken place aboard the MS Balmoral at the wreck site in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Cruise ship passengers - including descendants of those who perished - and crew said prayers at the spot where the Titanic sank with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

A crew member throws a wreath overboard during a memorial service, marking the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
Prayers were said at the spot where Titanic sunk 100 years ago. Credit: AP
Passengers participate in a memorial service aboard the MS Balmoral. Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Titanic memorial ships reenact distress calls at the site of disaster

The two Titanic memorial cruise ships - the Azamara from New York City and MS Balmoral from Southampton - have met at the at the site where the Titanic sank 100 years ago today.

A memorial service for the victims was held on board at 2.20am local time. Wireless officer Joseph Allen sent a morse code distress signal as part of the reenactment of the disaster and passengers threw wreaths into the sea.

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