On the trail of the waterfront

Which was the first railway to use an escalator? Where can you find the first known painting of Liverpool? And why were clocks such an important feature for docks?

The answer to these and many more questions will be found in a fascinating trail along Liverpool’s waterfront as part of the International Mersey River Festival (June 3-5).

The trail, a new feature for the festival, highlights several locations along the waterfront and city centre. Signs will be placed on nearby lampposts which have facts about the history of the building or area.

Locations include the Princes and Albert Docks, the Maritime Museum, Mann Island, the Leeds and Liverpool canal and the Cunard Building.

People who take part in the trail can also enter a competition to win a small prize, details of which will be on the River Festival website at; www.merseyriverfestival.co.uk

And festival organisers are asking those tackling the trail to send selfies to the website, Facebook page or tweet them.

“We have an incredibly interesting – and sometimes surprising- maritime history, ” said, Councillor Wendy Simon ,Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, “and this trail will help both local people and visitors found out more about our heritage.

“I am sure that a lot of families will want to take part and take a few selfies as they do.

“It’s new venture for the River Festival and one which will add even more interest to an already highly popular event.”

The trail is sponsored by A&B Engineering members of the Mayoral100 Club.

Liverpool Waterfront