|The sheer size of Mary was impressive|
In Liverpool, the girl is representing a real life schoolgirl from the city, May McMurray, whose father was a steward on the Titanic. She wrote a touching letter to her father the day before the ship sank, and the story goes that the larger giant is her uncle, a diver, who has found his reply. Along with the girl and her uncle, there is a third giant - a dog called Xolo, which is the size of a van, and which plays with the girl, its eyes darting, tail wagging and ears twitching as it goes.
We waited for over an hour in the rain but that finally stopped. We managed to get a front row view and it was well worth the wait when Xolo the dog bounded into view tongue dripping real water, tail wagging and heading for the crowd to have his head patted by the children.
|The crowd loved Xolo's playful antics, twitching ears and dripping tongue|
Next came Mary. She towered over us and was a magnificent sight, so realistic in her movements it was easy to forget she was not real.
|The guys in red are the Lilliputians|
|Yes they are even sitting up behind her in the support gantry|
|Mary's size can be seen from this later photo Chris took from 1st floor of Travel Lodge|
|You cannot help but fall for that smile|
It takes 10 people to tug the ropes that moved her arms alone. She is 30 feet (9m) tall and made of wood, but as she blinks, opens her mouth and looks around, patiently watching the workers scurrying away below, it is tempting to think that a part of Lilliput has come to Liverpool. Her face movements are subtle and realistic, and her eyes - the window to the soul, after all - are beguiling enough to tempt you to suspend your disbelief.
Following Mary came her even taller uncle (who dove on the Titanic and found the letter to Mary). A real giant of a man (quite literally) and the Lilliputians (as the puppeteers like to be known as) were working up a real sweat leaping off the support crane in order to move his limbs.
|You sure wanted to be out of the way of these boots!|
|The uncles dive boat braving the storm|
|being tossed about by the waves and making the crowd wet too|
|Here you get an idea of the sheer scale of the uncle - huge!|
|Notice the red coats leaping off the platform to raise one arm.|
|Thousands had gathered to see the event, you could not move.|
The whole event was absolutely amazing, the atmosphere great, and I managed to get some great video of it which I'd put up on YouTube when I get 5 minutes. After a great day we had some lunch in Subway and then queued to get on the train home.
Thats all for now as we are putting our aching feet up and having a much needed cuppa.