This week's subject for the Friday My Town Shoot-out is town plazas - chosen by Redlan (Rod Gelarde) .
Liverpool has a number of places that fit Rod’s definition of a town plaza –
Plaza is a Spanish word related to "field" which describes an open urban public space, such as a city square. It’s the space where a large crowd gathers during public occasions or crisis. The plaza remains a center of community life that is only equaled by the market-place. In modern usage, a plaza can be any gathering place on a street or between buildings, a street intersection with a statue. It’s a center of a town/city or a certain place.
The main gathering place for outdoor events and celebrations in Liverpool’s city centre is the Plateau outside St George’s Hall. When Liverpool FC brought the F A Cup home in 1965 tens of thousands of people lined the route that their open-topped bus took around town and an estimated seventy thousand spread out from St George’s plateau all around the city centre to the Town Hall.
This was the celebration of the return of some Liverpool troops from Afghanistan.
Major events on the plateau often involve the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
And there are usually bobbies on hand to make sure everything goes alright.
This winter the plateau even played host to a penguin!
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