Giants could return to city in 2016

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Sea Odyssey giant in Liverpool © Mark McNulty/Sea Odyssey

Sea Odyssey giant in Liverpool © Mark McNulty/Sea Odyssey

The popular giants may be set to make a return to Liverpool in 2016, according to Mayor Joe Anderson.

First visiting Liverpool in 2012 to mark 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, the colossal marionettes returned last year to coincide with the centenary of World War I, drawing an estimated one million people to the city.

The giants proved themselves to be a massive financial boon for Liverpool and its local businesses, so naturally Mayor Anderson is looking for a hat-trick by pushing for another comeback next year.

Anderson is set to enter talks with the organiser of the two last visits, Jean Luc Courcoult. The French theatre director was responsible, along with his company, Royal de Luxe, for bringing the giants to life and onto Liverpool’s streets.

Mayor Anderson told the Liverpool Echo: “I will be talking to Jean Luc to possibly look at them potentially coming back.

“We will be looking at how we could finance that there. It is important that we get the private sector to help us deliver that if that is what they want, because it was fantastic for the city.”

As with previous years, it wouldn’t be just Royal de Luxe getting the giants to walk around the city. Last year’s march called for around 500 volunteers to help with the operation

Last year’s celebration, Memories of August 1914, brought hundreds of thousands of people each day to watch the three mechanical puppets, Grandmother Giant, Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo exploring various Liverpool landmarks, from The Three Graces to Newsham Park.

It is believed that should the giants return, it would be to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

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