'It's so special': Mel C makes family admission as she's honoured at Cunard Queen Anne naming ceremony

Mel C is proud to be honoured at the Cunard Queen Anne naming ceremony
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Mel C has shared her pride after she was confirmed as a special guest at the Cunard's Queen Anne naming ceremony.

Emma and Matt Willis are hosting the special event at the Pier Head and teased earlier today that five "remarkable Liverpool icons" will be honoured during the ceremony. The Spice Girls has now been unveiled as one of the mystery guests and the 50-year-old from Whiston said she is privileged to represent her home region on such a grand stage.

She said: "I've always been really proud to represent Liverpool around the world, obviously as a Spice Girl and as a solo artist but being here today is really special because we're celebrating the city and the heritage we have here in Liverpool so it's really lovely for me.

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"I've got so much family here and generations of family that were so tied to the docks working here so I feel very proud to be here. There are thousands of people here.

"It's so lovely. My dad's going to come down. Everyone's getting involved, there's a bit of audience participation so it's going to be really fun." Mel is being honoured along with broadcaster and community leader Ngunan Adamu, local restaurant entrepreneur Natalie Haywood, Liverpool music and cultural legend Jayne Casey, and British Olympian heptathlon athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

There will be a special performance from Andrea Bocelli. Acts such as The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Liverpool Theatre School and DJ Lauren Lo Sung.

They’ll be joined on stage by special guests from Cunard and the ship's official Godparent in the lead up to the moment Queen Anne is officially named, signified by the smashing of a bottle of champagne against the ship.

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