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Ark Royal welcomes public aboard

Ark Royal on the River Mersey
The ship will be in the city until Monday

Thousands of people are expected to board the HMS Ark Royal on day three of her stay in Liverpool.

The Royal Navy's flagship 20,000-tonne aircraft carrier is berthed at the city's Cruise Liner Terminal.

Members of the public are able to take a look on board between 1000 and 1500 GMT on Saturday, or take a Mersey Ferry cruise to see the ship up close.

The Ark Royal will leave Liverpool on Monday to visit Glen Mallen near the Clyde, Scapa Flow and Newcastle.

The ship counts many Liverpudlians among its crew.

It is the second time she has visited the Mersey in 12 months, after she arrived in June for the first time in her history.

Ark Royal was built by Swan Hunter at Wallsend, Tyneside, in 1978 and launched by the Queen Mother.

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