Giant puppets which draws tens of thousands of people to Liverpool are set to make a return, the city’s mayor has revealed.

Mayor Joe Anderson said the 25ft (7.5m) tall marionettes would return in 2018. The 18 planned events will aim to attract audiences of around 5 million people during the year, creating upwards of £50m economic impact and push Liverpool to the top of the ‘must-visit’ cities in 2018.

They would form part of a year-long programme of 18 major cultural events, he said.

The celebration – dubbed ‘Eighteen for 18’ – would mark 10 years since Liverpool was awarded European Capital of Culture status.

It will be themed around the end of World War One and organised in collaboration with Wirral Council, he said.

Mr Anderson said the celebration would “make everyone who lives here proud and everyone that doesn’t live here wonder why they don’t”.

Eighteen for 18 is intended to tie in with a series of important anniversaries which take place in 2018 including the 30th birthday of Tate Liverpool, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and ten years of ACC Liverpool and Liverpool ONE .

A truly remarkable and stunning spectacle, one not to be missed.