Titanic memorial’s ‘rainbow of gratitude’ to frontline workers

A Liverpool memorial to the Titanic has been transformed into a “rainbow of gratitude” for frontline workers.

The work, originally created by local artist Alan Murray in 2012, has since become a much-loved feature of what is known locally as the Flat Iron site, near to the junction of Park Place and Parliament Street in Liverpool 8.

The artist spent several days repainting the memorial, and a flag thanking NHS and key workers has also been added.

The Titanic memorial in L8 has received a new lease of life with a rainbow of gratitude to NHS workers

Alan, from Toxteth, said: “The piece was originally created to commemorate the 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic.

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“The council asked me to give it a touch-up and I thought it was a good opportunity to use it as thanks to all those health workers, care workers, council staff and others who have been working hard through the pandemic.

“We are all being affected by covid and hopefully if you are a doctor or care worker on your way into the city this will give you a little boost.

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“It’s also has a connection with our city’s maritime past.

Alan added: “The rainbow has become a symbol of this pandemic and I used the colours so it would resonate with people and send the message that we all need to stick together.”

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A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council, who originally commissioned the artwork, said: “With the onset of the lockdown, Alan took the opportunity to give the pride of the White Star Line a bold new colour scheme reflecting the rainbow of gratitude that we all feel to those on the front line in the battle against coronavirus.”

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Dingle councillor Steve Munby said: “The sculpture of the Titanic is a well-loved landmark in the Dingle, but it’s not been looking its best lately.

“Its great Alan’s gone out and done it this way. It’s really cheered people up and has had a fantastic response from local residents.”