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Liverpool John Lennon airport rips out its Capital of Culture 08 logo carpets


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Liverpool John Lennon airport rips out its Capital of Culture 08 logo carpets
BY ALAN WESTON
22 JAN 2016

Ageing floor covering had become a 'standing joke' among passengers

Capital of Culture Liverpool 08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is finally being removed. L-R Michael Ciepiela(Site Man) and Mark Rogan(Project Man)
Capital of Culture Liverpool 08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is finally being removed. L-R Mark Rogan(Project Man) and Michael Ciepiela(Site Man)

Over the years, it has been trodden on by millions of passengers - including royalty and celebrities.

But now, after nearly a decade, the Capital of Culture ‘08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon airport (JLA) is finally being ripped out and replaced.

The increasingly worn-down carpet has been the subject of much comment by regular airport users, especially as it relates to an event which happened eight years ago.

Capital of Culture Liverpool 08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is finally being removed. Carpet removed
Capital of Culture Liverpool 08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is finally being removed. Carpet removed

The first phase of the replacement is taking place in the domestic arrivals walkways, and will be followed by the international arrivals area and the departure lounge.

The old carpet will be replaced by a mixture of tiling and hard-wearing rubberised flooring, with the work taking around three months to complete.

Capital of Culture Liverpool 08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is finally being removed. Preparing the floor for new rubber tiles
Capital of Culture Liverpool 08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is finally being removed. Preparing the floor for new rubber tiles

JLA spokesman Robin Tudor said: “The ‘08 carpet was part of a lot of branding that went into the airport to make it a welcoming gateway.

“But the 08 logos do have the effect of highlighting the age of the carpet, and that branding has now seen its day.

“It had become a bit of a standing joke among the travelling public and one of our key aims had been to remove the carpets and replace them with new flooring which will stand the test of time.

“We’re thinking of framing some of the ‘08 logo carpets and raffling them off to charity.”

It is estimated that around 40m passengers have trodden on the ‘08 carpet at some point in their journey through the airport.

Capital of Culture Liverpool 08 carpet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is finally being removed.


Whose feet have walked the 08 carpet


Paul McCartney performs at Liverpool's ECHO Arena

Prince Harry
Liverpool FC
Everton FC
Ronaldo and teamates from Real Madrid
WWE Wrestlers
Steven Gerrard
Kenny Daglish
TV stars from Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Peaky Blinders
Scenes have been filmed here too for Hollyoaks where the carpet is located
Yoko Ono
Peter Kay
Peter Andre
John Bishop
Paul McCartney
Tiger Woods
Full range of PMs
Abby Clancy
Paul Hollywood
Johnny Vegas
Ken Dodd
Kerry Katona
Even the Olympic flame en route to the Isle of Man as part of the pre-2012 Olympics torch parade.


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