A Chester man had a very special reason to be personally proud as the Three Queens visited Liverpool at the weekend.
Cunard’s Three Queens were greeted by what looked like most of Merseyside when they came sailing down the River Mersey in a majestic convoy.
Their thousands of passengers packed the decks as crowds stood shoulder to shoulder on the riverbanks to witness the spectacle.
Among them was Peter Jones of Chester whose father Frank Robert Jones was a commercial artist who spent all his working life with Cunard.
“It was his job to design and paint posters to promote the line and its cruises. Then his designs would be made into full size posters and shipped all over the world to appear in shop or travel agents’ windows.”
He said his father would be ‘extremely proud’ and well as ‘staggered and amazed’ at what was happening today.
“It’s an amazing spectacle,” he added.
Reporter Tony McDonough with The Chronicle’s sister paper the Liverpool Echo, on board the Queen Mary 2, said: “All the passengers are crowding the decks, and they have also allowed the crew to go right on the front of the ship which is very unusual.
“We could see thousands of people on Crosby Beach and when we were turning in the river, people were rushing from deck to deck because they didn’t want to miss anything. Everyone is really excited.”
Invited guests and relatives of those with close links to Cunard gathered at the Home Restaurant at Woodside Ferry to watch the spectacle.
As the ships approached Netherton, the bells of St Nicholas’ Church rang out and three helicopters hovered overhead.
A tug with waterjets led the procession up the Mersey with Queen Elizabeth sailing down in stately fashion behind the tug. Following her was the Queen Victoria with the Queen Mary 2 at the rear.