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LIVERPOOL bade an emotional farewell to the little girl giant, her 50ft uncle and pet dog Xolo.

Thousands lined The Strand and the surrounding streets to see the larger-than-life marionettes who have captured the city's heart.

Others gathered along the front of the River Mersey to see the conclusion of their heartwarming tale of loss and hope.

Wellwishers watched as they departed the city by boat chugging along the Mersey in a steamer.

And scores returned the Little Girl Giant's waves of goodbye as they set sail for a new adventure, having left Liverpool a brighter place.

The finale followed three action-packed days which saw half a million people watch the giants' story unfold.

When the Little Girl Giant's dad dies in the Titanic disaster, her uncle scours the ocean bed to find him, bury his brother and bring back the letter he penned for his little girl - along with the Titanic's mail trunk filled with the city's mail.

The Little Girl Giant woke up at Stanley Park in the city on Friday and scoured the city before being reunited with her uncle and sailing off to new horizons.

Helena Smart, 40, an archivist from Dingle, brought her little girls, Evie, five, and Heather, three, to watch the send-off.

She said: "I thought it was fabulous. I've been down the past two days and thought it was absolutely spectacular. I've never seen anything like it.

"All these people, how it all works, something on this scale is just a one-off."

Little Evie said her favourite bit of day three was watching the little girl on the boat.

Rebecca Morrison, 35, from St Helens, brought her two daughters Lois, five, and Ava, three.

She said: "It's been a lovely day seeing the giants. The girls loved it, especially the giant girl. And the work that's gone into it. It's very impressive. It's amazing."

Gill Coulthard, 39, a civil servant from Childwall, was with daughter Amy, nine, son Tom, five, her husband and the children's grandparents.

She said: "All in all it was phenomenal. The amount of manpower involved. It was just overwhelming. The fact that they pulled it off was so impressive."

Kelly Carlile, a veterinary nurse from Wallasey, was with her nine-month-old daughter Imogen watching the event just outside the gates to the Albert Dock.

She said: "It's fantastic. It's the first day we've come to. We wanted to come for the finale and see them together. The event couldn't have been better - really impressive."

Her friend, family support worker Tania Wood, also from Wallasey, was with her son Diesel, 11.

She said: "It's fantastic. It's great for Liverpool. I saw the Spider in 2008. It's amazing to be so close to the uncle."

Denise Kivlehan travelled from Birkenhead with her children, Lucie, 12, and Joe, six.

Joe was collecting letters from the Titanic blasted out from the Liverpool mail truck. The letters were from the passengers on the doomed liner to their loved ones.

Mrs Kivlehan, who works for an airline, said they had an "amazing" day.

She said: "We got here quite early and parked miles away and walked. It's the first day we've come down because I've been working but we wouldn't have missed it.

"It's been absolutely amazing. It's cold but it's really good."

Her daughter, Lucie, liked the dog best and son Joe was thrilled when the diver - the girls' uncle - woke up on Sunday after sleeping, cradling his niece in his ar ms.

Thomas McComb, 21, from Leasowe, was watching the giants with his girlfriend's little boy, Riley, 18 months. He said: "This was the first day we could get over and it's been great. The baby's loved it."

Patrick Druggan, 48, a microbiologist from West Kirby, brought his daughter Eloise, five.

He said: "I was really, really impressed by it. It was absolutely spectacular.

"You can see real Liverpudlians here, doing things with their kids, coming out to see art. It's a statement of the culture of this city."

Sue Finley, from Wirral, was with her nephew Keiran, five, and his granddad Terry Finley.

She said: "It's brought Liverpool alive again. It's the first time we've come down today and we've really enjoyed it."

Derek Prescott, 32, who works in the city, was watching the giants waking up on Sunday near the ECHO Area with his partner, Angela Carney, and her mum, Joan.

He said: "I'm a 32-year-old man and I felt like a little kid. I thought it was brilliant.

"It's brought the whole city out and it's great to see."

See more Don't miss Wednesday's ECHO for our pick of the best of your Sea Odyssey pictures


WELCOME: Crowds greet the Little Girl on Castle Street PAPER CHASE: Thousands of letters from the Titanic are fired into the air on The Strand (Pic code: gav220412seaodyssey-19) END OF THE DAY: Little Girl Giant arrives at Kings Dock against dark skies & sunset on Saturday Picture: COLIN LANE (tmcl200412girlgiant-25)
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2012
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