LIVERPOOL, England Lake Technologies, which has over the last three years been upgrading Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral telephone and computer systems, is supporting a spectacular firework display and river cruise to celebrate the Cathedral’s centenary.
Over three hundred people, including Merseyside celebrities and members of the business community, will be watching the £30,000 pyrotechnic display from a boat on the river on Sunday, July 18, with the fireworks being launched from the roof of the cathedral’s tower.
For its contract at the Cathedral Lake has had to install over 10 miles of new cabling with engineers having to squeeze through ducts and underground passages, between sandstone blocks and behind oak panelling in the Grade I listed building to install it.
The most difficult point was the bell ringing chamber – one of the highest in the world – which involved an engineer being transported up the tower standing on top of the lift carriage.
Kevin Cliffe, managing and commercial director of Lake Technologies, based in St Helens, says: ‘We are very proud of the work we have done to improve communications within the Anglican Cathedral. It’s certainly one of the most unusual – and the largest – buildings our engineers have ever worked on.
Dean of Liverpool the Right Reverend Rupert Hoare said: ‘The centenary of the cathedral is a hugely important event and we are delighted to form this partnership with Lake Technologies.’
The firework display is being held to celebrate the centenary of the laying of the cathedral’s Foundation Stone by King Edward VII in 1904. The cathedral took 74 years to fully finish with Queen Elizabeth attending a service of thanksgiving to mark its completion on October 25, 1978.
The building was designed by renowned architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in a competition when he was just 22 years old. He also designed red telephone boxes went into production in 1925. One of his Jubilee Kiosks, which became a familiar aspect of the British landscape, still stands in the cathedral.
Picture shows the Dean of Liverpool, the Rt Rev Rupert Hoare with Kevin Cliffe, managing and commercial director of Lake Technologies. They are standing inside the famous red phone box designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed the 100-year-old Anglican Cathedral.