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Farewell S to our very own princess

HE came, she saw, she ran away. Liverpool’s own spider princess said farewell to the city last night after a five-day visit which saw her amaze, astound and surprise hundreds of thousands of people.

The 60ft arachnid made her escape through the Queensway Tunnel after a spectacular city centre finale which combined music, fire, water, fireworks and special effects. During her visit to the city people had been given the opportunity to witness the amazing spectacle of the giant machine in action in scenes which will never be seen again in Liverpool.

By MICHELLE FIDDLER Chief Reporter From her surprise first appearance under a cover of darkness last Wednesday morning to her departure, people flocked to watch her take her first steps, get spooked by firecrackers, fire and jets of water, bathe in the Salthouse Dock and fall asleep under a blanket of snow. And last night was no exception. In scenes reminiscent of Liverpool football club’s triumphant return home three years ago, St George’s Plateau was packed and people climbed to the roofs of nearby multi storey car parks and flats to view La Princess as she was

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finally lowered from her resting place on the Concourse Tower for the very last time. At a little after 8.30pm, as darkness descended on the city, La Princess began her final journey, making her way along Lime Street, in front of the cheering crowds and walking past St George’s Hall and into William Brown Street. Ahead of her were an array of classical

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Over the weekend huge crowds filled the streets of Liverpool as the giant machine made its way from Lime Street to the town hall and, last night, for its farewell journey past St George’s Hall to the tunnel at070908b

‘This is fantastic for Liverpool . . . the best piece of street ● From Page One musicians on cherry pickers who were playing a specially composed piece. The crowds clapped and shouted their appreciation as they made their way past. Thousands of people holding mobile phones, cameras and video cameras jostled for position to get a shot of the spider as she made her way

past. Crowds, some of whom had waited in excess of six hours to catch a glimpse of her moving, cheered as she made her way slowly down William Brown street at around 9.15pm. Others broke into songs about spiders to amuse the crowds who had remained good humoured during their long, patient wait. Couples, pensioners and groups of friends packed into St John’s Gardens and crammed on to the steps of the museum and at the entrance to the tunnel.

People clambered on to walls, pillars and street furniture and children and babies were hoisted into the air and on to people’s shoulders as everyone strained to get a glimpse of the spider. Young children screamed in delight as the spider’s feet dangled just inches above their heads as she walked past and the crowds cheered as they were soaked with jets of water sprayed from the spider’s mouth. As the spider moved through the streets two of

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the machine operators bravely clung to her front legs and were lifted over 60ft into the air, to gasps of amazement from the crowd. As the spider arrived at the entrance to the tunnel she was spooked by flames shooting into the air and jets of water blasted into the night sky. As she attempted to go into the tunnel entrance she was blocked by machinery which she tried to move with her legs, spraying a pipeline full of water hundreds of feet into the


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and shouting for the spider and marking their appreciation for the efforts of the spider’s creators including designer Francois Delarozire, who was there to see his masterpiece take her final bow. A blast of smoke masked the spider as she slowly crept into the tunnel. Jane Woodhead, who came from the Wirral, and waited for hours to see the spider, said: “This is fantastic for Liverpool. The best piece of street theatre I have ever seen.”

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theatre I have ever seen’ air. To the cheers of the crowd a firework display, from nearby buildings including the roof of St George’s Hall, lit up the night sky as the spider danced and moved. But she reared up on her legs as jet flames came blasting out of gas cylinders strapped to a low loader lorry. As she started to back into the tunnel a blanket of snow came tumbling from the sky covering her. The crowds cheered and whooped, clapping

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Another Merseysider summed up the thoughts of the crowd when he said “Tonight was absolutely magical, absolutely amazing. I don’t think we will see anything like this ever again.” When the smoke finally disappeared from the entrance to the tunnel, so had the spider. Farewell La Princess.

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Pictures: ANDREW TEEBAY, COLIN LANE, MARTIN BIRCHALL, JASON ROBERTS and HOWARD DAVIES

From the first day it arrived, the spider caught the city’s imagination and drew stares and gasps wherever it was seen from Concourse House to the waterfront hd040908s

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