Clitheroe man to make Cunard history

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The weekend of May 24th will see a one-off historic event in the city of Liverpool and Clitheroe man Simon Wood will be centre stage in the celebrations.

The “Three Queens Salute” will mark the 175th anniversary of ship builders Cunard and to celebrate, the three Cunard Queens – cruise liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will be sailed in formation up the river Mersey.

Cunard's Three Queens pilots who will sail the ships in formation in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the ship-building giant. (s)

Cunard's Three Queens pilots who will sail the ships in formation in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the ship-building giant. (s)

Thousands of visitors are expected to witness the historic event to honour the birth of Cunard in the city and Mersey pilot Simon Wood will be at the helm of one of the ships.

Simon (46), who has been a river pilot for 11 years commented: “I’m really proud to be involved in what should be an amazing spectacle. Our main concern is that we get favourable weather, as some of the manoeuvres we are planning would not be possible in adverse conditions. The other main challenge is the sheer size of the ships and the fact that we will be manoeuvring them in such close proximity.”

Angus Struthers, Cunard director said: “After many years of planning, Liverpool will host the gathering of our three majestic Queens on the Mersey. The spectacle will live long in the memories of those who attend. The current excitement and buzz around the city is an indication of the reception the fleet is going to receive.”