LONG BEACH — On Wednesday, the Queen Mary will celebrate 20 years as one of Long Beach's attractions with a gala party. Anyone who proves that he has lived or worked in Long Beach within the last 20 years--by showing a driver's license or pay stub--will be admitted free to the Queen Mary/Spruce Goose Entertainment Complex.
All guests who visit the complex will receive a commemorative button, a complimentary piece of "berthday" cake and a coupon good for a return visit at 25% off admission. Hours will be extended to 8 p.m. aboard the Queen Mary. The Spruce Goose will close at 6 p.m. Both attractions open at 10 a.m.
Long Beach Mayor Ernie Kell and Joseph F. Prevratil, president of Wrather Port Properties Ltd., will be on hand to take part in a 3 p.m. ceremony at the bow of the Queen Mary, highlighted by the Goodyear Blimp and the new Port of Long Beach fireboats. A giant cake of the Queen Mary also will be on display.
The entertainment complex will open a new exhibit highlighting the ocean liner's last great cruise, a six-week trip that began on Oct. 31, 1967, at Southhampton, England, and went around Cape Horn to Long Beach.