All ship-shape for a super weekend.
Byline: SUSAN LEE ECHO Print Editor
THIS weekend is set to be one of the busiest of the year in Liverpool with two major events being held on the waterfront.
Capacity crowds are expected today for National Armed Forces Day while the first day of the weekend-long Mersey River Festival will also take place.
With a packed programme of events organisers are hoping that cooler weather and the chance of a spot of rain will not deter day-trippers.
At 11am a gun salute will be fired from the Pier Head to signal the official start of Armed Forces Day.
At the same time a flypast from an RAF Typhoon aircraft will take place at 11am when the parade sets off from St George's Hall.
Later, at 11.40am, The Red Arrows will also stage a special flight over the city and the Pier Head.
At the waterfront, you can explore the 'villages' dedicated to each of the three services where you can get up close to specialist equipment, take part in interactive demonstrations and meet members of the UK Armed Forces.
Visitors will find helicopters, tanks, planes and even a naval ship for them to board. The event will be attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Pricne Edward.
Elsewhere, there will be Dragon Boat racing on Princes Dock between 1pm and 4pm and at 1.50pm, the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will flypast over the River Mersey.
The official end of Armed Forces Day will be marked at 5pm next to Cruise Liverpool's passenger lounge by the Beating Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset by the Royal Marines Band.
Meanwhile a host of Tall Ships have been joining military vessels arriving on the river ahead of the two-day Mersey River Festival which will celebrate Liverpool's maritime heritage.
With music stages, displays on and off the water, workshops, craft events, exhibitions, drumming and an extensive programme for children it all adds up to a spectacular two days - with or without the requirement for a brolly!
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jun 24, 2017|
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