Final call to be part of giant parade

It’s your last chance to be part of this year’s biggest street theatre event.

The team behind Memories of August 1914 – the UK’s flagship World War One commemoration event – are on the look-out for a final batch of people to recreate the Liverpool Pals battalions. A century ago these battalions consisted of men and their family members, neighbours and work colleagues, signing up to defend Britain on the battlefields of Europe.

This is the first time in Royal de Luxe’s 21 year history of producing jaw-dropping giant events, that they have asked members of the public to play a central role in their production.

The team are looking for around 90 people have the chance to be part of the show itself, and they will take centre stage on the Sunday of the event (27 July).

To encourage more people to take part, the minimum age has been lowered to 16years and the number of rehearsal days has been reduced, making it a more manageable challenge. The team will also supply any necessary constumes.

All applicants:

  •  Must be over 16 years of age
  • Be physically fit as marching repeatedly will be required
  • Must be available for rehearsals on the weekend of 12 and 13 July and Saturday 19 July, and for the show on Sunday 27 July

Applications must be received asap. For full details on how to apply visit www.giantspectacular.com/getinvolved and fill in the Liverpool Pals Battalions re-enactment volunteer application form.

Liverpool City Council’s Arts and Participation Manager Alicia Smith, said: “We’ve already got a strong number of volunteers to recreate the historic Pals, but we want more people to sign up and make the most of the unique opportunity to be part of one of the biggest events this city has ever seen.

“It was important that there weren’t any barriers to people applying for the roles – and one of the main issues was that we had a lot of under 18s keen to take part so we’ve now lowered the minimum age to accommodate this.

“We can’t emphasise enough how much of a coup it is for the people of Liverpool to be able to be part of the Memories story, and I really hope as many men in the city sign up and help to raise the profile of the Pals and the vital role they played a century ago.” 

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