Sea Odyssey volunteers look forward to getting up close and personal with the Royal de Luxe giants
THE chance to get involved in Sea Odyssey has inspired the generations with volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 80.
Two of the 200 volunteers are Jimmy Bray and Kyle O’Brien.
Jimmy is a former Cammell Laird worker and retired merchant navy seaman who was also a volunteer during Capital of Culture while 19-year-old Kyle is one of the 30-strong members of the Young Ambassador Programme run as a joint initiative between the city council and Liverpool Football Club.
Both will be in the Benevol, the volunteers who form a cordon around each of the giants to escort them through the expected crowds.
Jimmy, 77, from Bebington, who sailed the same route as Titanic when he was a crew member on the Empress of France, said: “We went up to where they were rehearsing to be trained and we saw the giants there. They’re enormous and the dog is great with all the antics it gets up to.
“I worked on the spider when it was here, and that was fantastic but there are three of them in Sea Odyssey. It’s going to be amazing.”
Kyle, from Roby, who is a student at Fazakerley High, will be on duty throughout the weekend with fellow young ambassadors.
He said: “Because of the work we’re doing already around the city we got the opportunity to do this. It’s certainly a great thing to do for the city.
“I’m really looking forward to travelling around the city and seeing the giants as well as being part of the event.”