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The Boat Show in Liverpool 2008?

An exclusive from The Echo. (full story) ..

THE world famous Boat Show could sail into Liverpool for 2008.

The ECHO can exclusively reveal that talks to stage the show, which could bring in up to £40m for the local economy and 140,000 visitors, are nearing completion.

Organisers the British Marine Federation said they were close to clinching the deal and the “motivation and desire to do it is very strong”.

The show has run in London for 53 years and in Southampton for 36 years.

Organisers are looking at staging floating exhibitions in the Albert Dock’s Salthouse and Wapping Docks and land-based exhibits and entertainment in the Central and Northern Docks area on land belonging to Mersey Docks owner Peel Holdings.