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Mayor hints at Giants comeback

The Giants generated millions for Liverpool's economy Credit: ITV NEWS

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has hinted that the much celebrated 'Giants' might be returning to the streets of Liverpool.

According to the Liverpool Echo Mr Anderson said he was holding talks with Jean Luc Courcoult, the director of Royal de Luxe, the French theatre company that created the giant marionettes.

The hugely successful giants have already come twice to Liverpool, first in 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic and again in 2014 for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

It is thought that their return may be planed for 2016 to celebrate the 100 years since the battle of the Somme.

The Giants have been a huge boost to Liverpool's economy, it is thought that their visit in 2014 generated close to £50m.

We will be looking at how we could finance that there. It is important that we get the private sector to help us deliver that if that is what they want, because it was fantastic for the city

– Mayor Joe Anderson speaking to the Liverpool Echo


Police praise crowds at Giants spectacular

Merseyside Police has thanked the hundreds of thousands of people who have been in Liverpool for the five days of the Giants event. Thousands of visitors and local people have turned out to see the return of the Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo, along with the new Grandmother Giant. They finally left on a boat down the River Mersey this lunchtime..

Thousands of people have seen the Giants spectacular Credit: GTV

"I'd like to thank everyone who has come to see the Giants for creating a fantastic atmosphere in Liverpool over the last five days. "The event has combined a huge spectacle of street theatre with some very poignant moments as people mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. "The Giants have once again proved hugely popular and there's no doubt the crowd's enthusiasm, good-humour and patience have contributed to making the event the enormous success it has been. "I am also pleased to say that we have had no arrests over the five days, which is a credit to the people of Merseyside and everyone who has visited us. "We have worked with our partners, including Liverpool City Council, for a number of months to plan the event, and I'd like to thank them for their support. I'd also like to acknowledge the professionalism of the officers on duty along with that of the hundreds of volunteers who have given up their time to make the event run smoothly. "Memories of August 1914 has created lots of interest both across the UK and around the world. Liverpool is renowned for showcasing events of this magnitude in style and I'm pleased people have, once again, had the opportunity to see what a great place our city is."

– Chief Superintendent Jon Ward


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