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QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« on: Feb 15, 2015, 02:14 PM »
The first time a Cunard Queen had gone 'home' - 24 July 1990. The first time I set eyes on her. And the firework display remains the most fantastic I have ever seen...
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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #1 on: Feb 15, 2015, 04:04 PM »
First picture - the photographer has managed to capture the rainbow effect in the spray from the fireboat.  :)
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Online Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 15, 2015, 07:54 PM »
Brilliant set of photos that capture the occasion.
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 15, 2015, 08:03 PM »
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  The first time a Cunard Queen had gone 'home' - 24 July 1990. The first time I set eyes on her.   
Guess she made a lasting impression... ;)
Thanks for sharing the impressive photos.
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 16, 2015, 07:57 AM »
Hello Michael
The first time a Cunard Queen had gone 'home' - 24 July 1990. The first time I set eyes on her. And the firework display remains the most fantastic I have ever seen...

This is interesting, and evocative!
Didn't Queen Mary, or Queen Elizabeth , or Berengaria even -ever sail from Liverpool?
Also - whereabouts were you when you first saw QE2?  She must have looked amazing from the other side of the river.
Those pier head buildings make a superb back drop to the fireworks - and although I miss it still ('56 it went!) - if the railway had still be there, the view wouldn't have been as good.
All your Liverpool images are absolutely wonderful - thanks so much for them.
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #5 on: Feb 16, 2015, 05:35 PM »
Thank you very much, Michael, for these wonderful photos of our QE2 !  What a wonderful memory for your first view of her.  Those who set eyes on our beloved QE2 are smitten and remain so !   :)
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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #6 on: Aug 21, 2016, 07:58 AM »
I was onboard on this day a memorable day indeed.This was my 3rd on QE2 sadly still had no camera then.

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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #7 on: Jul 24, 2017, 11:21 AM »
Today back in 1990 what a day it was ,mostly likely the most memorable day of my time onboard :)

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« Reply #8 on: Jul 24, 2017, 01:28 PM »
Visiting Liverpool on QE2 was one of the standout port calls of my time onboard.

The sheer numbers who wanted to come onboard as guests of passengers made it impossible to allow any passenger visitors whatsoever, and even crew were limited in numbers.

But the most memorable thing was seeing people stood, knee deep in water, as we sailed out of the Mersey just to be able to get a photo that couple of metres closer, just amazing.


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« Reply #9 on: Jul 24, 2017, 05:46 PM »
I wish I had been there! After 3 years of college in Liverpool, I have kind of an affinity for the place and people! And pubs...of course!

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 12, 2018, 07:38 PM »
Note:  YouTube video link no working
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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #11 on: Jan 13, 2018, 02:23 PM »
That's FANTASTIC and I don't think I've seen it before.  It really captures the place QE2 had in the world back then, but especially here in the UK.  And that was the day after crossing the atlantic at an average of over 30 knots (the last time that will ever happen maybe?).

The fact that she was able to draw huge crowds again 18 years later when she called for the last time says it all really- despite the fact that she was no longer anything like the biggest, she still had it.

The next day, I high-tailed it from the Scottish Highlands with my Dad, to see QE2 for the first time in 3 years since I'd had my mind-blowing 3 day trip on her in the North sea.  That day in Greenock is covered elsewhere here, but maybe we can say that 1990, and Cunard's 150, was a real high-point of QE2's career.
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 13, 2018, 02:47 PM »
This is one of the best Treats!
Thank you so much for showing us this absolutely wonderful film.

A lovely surprise - It brings back so much in the way of memories - even the smell of the River;
and to hear Captain Woodall, as well as Captain Arnott speaking with the most sincere pride in their great ship.
This, talking about QE2 - It is exactly is what this place (website) should be kept for!
A great ship, and one that should never be forgotten.

Arranging the day - it would be so interesting to know much more about all the work which Cunard, and in particular the shore-side offices including planning, public relations, liason and organising the event -  this must have been Huge!
Was this day the one that set the pattern for those that followed?
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 14, 2018, 12:20 PM »
Fantastic treat to see this film footage of QE2 in Liverpool.  Good that the production team took time to interview a range of people, Captain Robin Woodall, Bob Arnott, entertainer Paul Daniels, Chief Engineer, Steve Hare, Hotel Manager John Duffy, John Sawyer and passengers onboard the ship. 

The video really captures the excitement on the day.
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 14, 2018, 07:59 PM »

      QE2 doin her stuff , Brilliant

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« Reply #15 on: Jan 15, 2018, 03:18 PM »
Great to see this video! We travelled to Liverpool that day and stood for most of the day watching and enjoying the activities.

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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #16 on: Jul 24, 2018, 09:28 AM »
Anniversary day remember it as if it was yesterday

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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #17 on: Jul 24, 2018, 07:19 PM »
I am guessing some of our members have newspaper clippings from the day... I was wondering how we go about getting some of them onto this topic?
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 24, 2018, 08:07 PM »
I am guessing some of our members have newspaper clippings from the day... I was wondering how we go about getting some of them onto this topic?

Scan them unless there are legal issues with doing so? Maybe permission will need to be sought from the relevant newspapers?
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Re: QE2 goes "home" to Liverpool - 24 July 1990
« Reply #19 on: Jul 24, 2018, 11:33 PM »
Scan them unless there are legal issues with doing so? Maybe permission will need to be sought from the relevant newspapers?

I think old newspaper clippings are fine.
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