The Ghanian flag was put up this morning at Merseyside Maritime Museum, because today is the 50th anniversary of Ghanaian independence from colonial rule. Ghana was formed from the former colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland and became the first African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence.
Fifty years ago the independence celebrations included races in Ghana's capital city, Accra. A surf boat that took part in the races, rowed by a crew representing Liverpool’s Elder Dempster Shipping Line, is now in the museum's collections. It will go on display in the museum's entrance from Thursday this week.