We’d like to thank the members of the Stand Up Paddling group, Xt-Sup, who made Liverpool Comic Con take notice when they paddled across the Albert Dock in Superhero Costumes, with T-Rex in tow. Events like this catch the attention and can quickly become talking points, so we’re very grateful that they used this opportunity to raise awareness of the Spider-Ede Appeal. The following story of the event is by them, and the accompanying photos are by Chris Stading.
Last year as Comic Con 2017 approached we thought about having a paddle in superhero costumes. It was all a bit last minute and four of us ended up going, with Ironman being a particular hit with the younger members of the crowds down at the docks. It was good fun and nice to see smiles on people’s faces and we decided we should do it again.
This year the idea was suggested in good time and off the back of a popular group paddle in February there were loads of people up for getting their costumes on for a visit to Liverpool and a paddle around the docks this year!
We came across the Spider-Ede appeal on Facebook and decided our paddle was the perfect opportunity to have a collection and do our small bit to contribute and turn our superhero themed day out in to a show of support for the super Spider-Ede.
Superheroes and villains do not worry about trivial things such as wind and rain and 35 of them ignored the forecast and arrived at Liverpool Watersports Centre to take to the water on Saturday morning.
With a slight tailwind it was easy going to carry us all into Dukes dock next to the arena where the 2018 Liverpool Comic Con was in full swing. Heads were turned as passers-by were expecting to see costumed characters on dry land and not floating by with a T-Rex in tow! A quick turn around and we headed back through the Salthouse dock and into the centre of the Albert Dock to take in the surroundings while curious shoppers and tourists could get a closer look at us all before we paddled back to where we started at the Watersports Centre.
Another great paddle and massive thanks to everyone who came from all over to take part (special thanks to Craig and Bethan who had a 4.30am start to travel up from South Wales!). You all helped raise money for the Spider-Ede appeal and have some fun looking silly on the water.
As of now we have raised £170 from the collection on the day and online donations, so a massive thank you to all who donated and shared the appeal and helped spread awareness.
You can view more of Chris’s photos from this event on his Xt-Sup Flickr Gallery.