Well, Liverpool has handed over its year as European Capital of Culture.
Make that to two European Capital of Culture’s in fact.
Fireworks, lasers, illuminated cyclists and puppets lit up the northern city’s famous Pier Head tonight, in front of thousands of people lining the waterfront to say farewell to Liverpool’s rein as city of culture 2008.
Accompanying the visual display were musical classics from the city including Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, The La’s ‘There She Goes’, Echo and the Bunnymen’s ‘Nothing Ever Lasts Forever’, Harrison’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and adopted Capital of Culture theme song by The Farm, ‘All Together Now’.
Speaking about the event, Capital of Culture creative director, Phil Redmond, said: “The serious thing is we haven’t sold everything this year. There is still lots to do. But for five years we were building to make this the beginning – the stepping stone – of the renaissance.
“And that’s why this transition event – it’s not closing or finale – is the beginning of the future and I really mean that.”
A montage of images flicked through the past year’s events including the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, featuring Sir Paul McCartney, and a visit from a certain spider, La Princesse, last September.
Appearing on the roof of Mersey Ferries Terminal, in the same container used by Ringo Starr a year to the day at the official opening event, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Steve Rotheram, handed over celebratory wreaths to Juozas Imbrasas, mayor of Vilnius, and Ulrich Fuchs, Linz’s equivalent of Redmond, to mark the start of their city’s year as European Capital of Culture 2009.