Along the waterfront...
.... were thousands of people who had come to welcome the clippers home and the Liver Birds look down with their customary elegance.
The crew of Western Australia stand to receive the gun salute and the accolade of the crowds in the sunlight as the rain dark skies move out towards Liverpool Bay.
The changes currently being made to the Liverpool waterfront are visible here, the building wrapped in white is the new Mersey Ferries terminal and the structure on the right is the Museum of Liverpool. It will look very different next year when these constructions are completed.
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The working river