LIVERPOOL LYVER BIRD : facts, & fundraising.

some thoughts on funding the Bird

Lyver Bird Project home page.
a page of Lyver Bird pictures....
[...which may take a while to download. Sorry!]

some Lyver Bird facts and history.
Here are the other pages of this site:

Liverpool branch of the RSCDS
Liverpool Country Dance Band
Liverpool CONTRA Folk-dance club
Country Dancing Classes
Mersey And Deeside folk dance clubs
Gerry Jones, the handy musician

For other links of interest,see foot of page.

Fifty Thousand Fivers. The only quote we have for the scheme is 250,000. This is a daunting amount of money, but it can be looked at another way; i.e.
FIFTY THOUSAND FIVERS comes to 250,000. If 50,000 people would give a Fiver, the job would be done. A Fiver doesn't get you much these days. Compare it with;
- a packet of cigarettes, (find some prices, about 4.)
- a round of drinks for 2 or 3 people
- a small snack at motorway services.
- six litres/less than two gallons of petrol.
- admission for one to a night-club. (get some real prices) If everbody going to a "Derby" game gave a fiver, just once, the job would be done. Perhaps if we could promise the Clubs that they could put a giant scarf round its neck after any Famous Victory.
To put it another way; here is a letter I emailed to the Echo on 9th Jan 02, after one reader thought I wanted all football fans to give money at every home game!

"There are already some misunderstandings about my ideas for funding a Third Lyver Bird. The worst-case is if the City cannot obtain or provide any of the 250,000 quoted. My idea then is to look at this large sum in a different way - to think of it as "50,000 Liver Fivers", and to picture 50,000 people we just need to imagine the crowd at a "Derby" match. If 50,000 people - reds, blues or neither - were willing to give a "one-off" fiver, then such an appeal could close. Where this "every home game" idea came from I do not know.
Hopefully, there would be some corporate sponsorship from a dozen companies who would like to buy the right to engrave their company name in a segment of the clock-dial base. A dozen local firms may well consider it a good investment at 5,000 for a hundred years worth of publicity in a prime spot. That in itself would ensure the Dial being laid. Hopefully, just 100,000 of "matched funding" would be needed. Maybe a local millionaire might fancy paying for the whole scheme in one go! We live in hope.
But, as the R.C. Cathedral was built with "the pennies of the poor", I would like to see this Bird representing the wishes of your average scouser - and his Fiver.

Fifty Thousand Fivers!
Everyone thinks it would be great to have a Third Lyver Bird in Liverpool, ideally in Queen Square, but the only quote we have so far is for 250,000 which is one big amount of money. But just for a moment, try looking at it this way; if fifty thousand people were to give just a Fiver, we would have that money - and the Bird! What does fifty thousand people look like; well, if you imagine one of our Premiership stadiums, full of people for a "Derby" match, there's your 50,000 (near enough).

A scheme may well be devised whereby anyone who gives a fiver can have their name (or Or the name of someone they choose, living or dead.), in a Commemorative Book of Donors. hat should we call it? Book of Bird-lovers.Bird Book.Liver's Fivers Givers. This could be kept in the museum of Liverpool Life. (...or in a Museum case at the Bird, (in all weathers?? maybe not)

Other sites relating to the Liver Birds include;

The Liverpool Third Lyver Bird project, a page from L.A.D.T.
A psychedelic Liver Bird. from the Sixties introduces a site for artworks with a Beatles theme;