Memories of 1914

A giant ticket to ride

Arriva_rgb_900px_Feb07[1]The Little Girl Giant is going to get a very special set of wheels to help explore the city when she returns to Liverpool in July.

Arriva Merseyside has become an official sponsor of Memories of August 1914, which will see the Little Girl Giant and her pet Xolo return as part of the UK’s flagship cultural event marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The event takes place from 23-27 July, with the first two days being static in one location. From Friday 25 July, the giants will explore the city and are expected to travel up to 30miles in total.

The Little Girl Giant has a rest on a bus in Mexico
The Little Girl Giant hitches a ride on a bus in Mexico

To help the Little Girl Giant (and her not so little legs) on her journey, she will be able to have a rest and take in the sights and sounds of the city for part of the route, atop a special Arriva bus.

Howard Farrall, area managing director, Arriva Merseyside said: “Welcoming the Giants back to Liverpool is really exciting, and we are thrilled to be part of the spectacular events planned for their return visit.

“As official Bus Partner, we are looking forward to helping the Giants – and all our customers – move around our great city to explore all it has to offer and be a part of the Memories of August 1914. It promises to be a spectacular and magical event.”  

Arriva runs an extensive bus network covering the Merseyside area, operating over 54 million passenger journeys a year throughout Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Southport, Skelmersdale and Bootle.

Lesley Beattie, Liverpool City Council’s Sponsorship Manager for the Giants event, said: “We are delighted that such an established and respected name as Arriva is supporting what is set to be the biggest street theatre event in the UK this year.

“The great thing about Arriva Merseyside’s support is that they will be part of the Little Girl Giant’s story, and thanks to their four-wheeled assistance it means our giant visitor will be able to visit a larger area of the city.

“There has been a huge amount of interest in Memories from businesses across the country, and they all want to be part of this momentous and magical occasion.

“We hope there will be more announcements to come and we can all work together to make sure this is an unforgettable event for everyone involved.”

The full route and story will be released next month, but the current performance times are:

  •  Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July – 10am to 7-7.30pm (approx)
  • Sunday 27 July – 9am to 1pm (approx.)

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