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Liverpool Blitz 70! Saturday 30th April

The first day of the Liverpool Blitz 70! event was for the most part a roaring success and we’d like to thank all those involved!  Sadly, the major disappointment was the Spitfire flypast being cancelled due to dangerous wind conditions.  We apologise to all those who were disappointed by this, as indeed we were, but it was always dependent on the weather and as there are only a handful of original WWII Spitfire fighter planes remaining we had to respect the owner’s decision.

Thanks to all those who took part in the veterans’ parade.  It was a fantastic sight to see those who survived the terror of the Blitz marching alongside military veterans young and old from the region.  We have had lots of lovely feedback from people who watched the remembrance ceremony and were very moved indeed.

All photographs courtesy of Victoria Phipps Photography

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Many thanks also go to the City of Liverpool Pipe Band for their wonderful music.

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liverpool blitz 70 garden of remembrance

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Derek Herbert addresses the veterans and the crowd as former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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A group of volunteer cadets pose for a photograph with Stan Boardman.  Stan was pleased to be asked to lay a wreath in memory of those who lost their lives during the Blitz on Merseyside, as his elder brother Tommy was killed when the Air Raid Shelter in which Stan and his family was spending the night took a direct hit.

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Blitz and Peaces entertain the people of Liverpool with a wartime sing-along in front of the Spitfire on Williamson Square.

liverpool blitz 70 fire appliance

The Merseyside Fire Service Museum have two fire appliances on display on Church Street, both of which were used to put out the blazes in Liverpool during the Blitz of World War II.

liverpool blitz 70 st julie's dance group

Local girls from St. Julie’s Catholic High School perform various blitz-themed dance routines.

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The 6th generation of the Codman family perform a very entertaining Punch and Judy show.  The Codman family’s original 180 year old stage was well remembered by many Liverpudlians as it has been used to perform this much loved show since the Victorian era.

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liverpool blitz 70 wwii re-enactors

More photographs to come soon but don’t forget tomorrow is the last day of the Liverpool Blitz 70! event and we like to go out with a bang!  Please come down, enjoy the entertainment and show your support for these wonderful veterans’ charities… we hope to see you there tomorrow!

Events History

Punch and Judy returns to Liverpool!

As part of the 70th Anniversary of the May Blitz celebrations, Punch and Judy will be returning to the city to once again entertain the children (young and old) of Liverpool!

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In 1860 Richard Codman, woodcarver, puppet showman and musician, arrived in Liverpool and was awarded a prime site on an open cobbled square known as the “Quadrant” between the market and Lime Street Station.  Professor Codman, as he was known, began entertaining the people of Liverpool on a regular basis with his ‘Punch and Judy’ puppet shows.

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The shows became very popular and Professor Codman’s Punch and Judy quickly won the hearts of the people of Liverpool!

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Photograph courtesy of Cavendish Press ©

Richard continued his puppet shows until his death 47 years later when his eldest son, Richard Junior, continued in his father’s footsteps and kept the tradition going in Liverpool.  His second son Herbert took the show to North Wales where it enjoyed great success at the seaside!

Back in Liverpool, Richard was equally as successful as his father.  In 1922 the Sandon Studios Society, an artistic body in Liverpool, arranged for a subscription committee headed by Mr A Parry, then Chief Librarian, to commission the famous Liverpudlian sulptor H Tyson-Smith to carve a beautiful Punch and Judy booth with figures taken from ‘Punch‘ magazine as a gesture of appreciation.

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Sadly, the famous Quadrant site no longer exists.  However, through public demand, the show was temporarily housed in St. George’s Hall and occasionally appeared in Williamson Square.

punch and judy liverpool 1951

After Richard Junior’s death in 1951, the Liverpool show was continued by his son Richard (third) and on his death in 1985, by his son Ronald Richard.  Ronald’s son Robert will succeed his father and continue the tradition as the sixth generation of the Codman dynasty.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz, Professor Codman will be performing in Liverpool City Centre once again!