Not only did the REM team play a big part in the production and management of Liverpool’s T175 celebrations, they also had a walk on part in The Very Big Catwalk extravaganza. This was a successful Guinness World record attempt for the most models on a catwalk.
The record-breaking spectacle formed part of the city’s Transatlantic 175 celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of the first transatlantic crossing. REM formed the high viz section and were an eye catching contribution to the total of 3,651 people who sashayed, strutted and preened their way down the 40 metre-long catwalk, located at the city’s Pier Head..
Creative director for the two-day event, Wayne Hemingway, said: “Liverpool is pretty adept at taking its place on the world stage, so the fact we’ve smashed this Guinness World Record attempt comes as no surprise.
The successful Guinness World Records attempt formed just one part of the first day of the two-day Transatlantic 175 event, organised by Liverpool City Council and curated by iconic British designer Wayne Hemingway.
Other highlights included ‘Vintage on the Dock’. A bespoke version of Wayne Hemingway’s highly acclaimed Vintage Festival, the Eat the Atlantic Food Festival, which tickled taste buds with its array of food demonstrations, street theatre, hands-on food art workshops, live music, children’s ‘fishy tales’ storytelling sessions and, of course, an abundance of delicious food. Saturday evening saw iconic Merseyside-born DJ Greg Wilson hit the decks and take a huge crowd at the Pier Head on a musical journey celebrating Liverpool’s history as an entry point for American music in the UK –
The day was topped off by the departure of the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner from the city, which set sail towards the bright lights of New York City in a recreation of the 1840s maiden voyage that originally sailed to Boston. This finale included a massive firework and light display as the city waved farewell in style to the majestic cruise liner.
The Transatlantic 175 weekend marked the end of a seven-week programme of spectacular events in Liverpool, all under the banner of ‘One Magnificent City. The celebrations were to honour the city’s internationally renowned maritime history and transatlantic links, and mark Cunard’s 175th anniversary.