"CLASSIC cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 will let everyone know exactly when it’s her birthday – by sounding her horn for a full 40 seconds during her visit to Greenock next week.
The signal represents one second for each year since her launch and will take place at 2.28pm on Thursday 20 September.
The ship is expected to arrive at 7am at the west end of Greenock Ocean Terminal, sailing at 6pm bound for Liverpool.
The Red Arrows will perform a full display over the terminal at 12:15pm for 23 minutes.
Entertainment has been lined up all day along the Esplanade.
John Mundell, Inverclyde Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The QE2 stopping off in Greenock 40 years after she was launched on the Clyde is a fantastic event for Inverclyde and for Scotland.
“Inverclyde is on the map as a place that’s moving forward and has a lot to offer local people and visitors alike. So we are looking forward to showing the changing face of Inverclyde to everyone who comes along to our events festival when the QE2 docks in Greenock.
"We are delighted to have our partners at Riverside Inverclyde supporting us in hosting this special event.”
Bill Nicol, Riverside Inverclyde’s Chief Executive added: “This event will be a great way for Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council to showcase the changes already apparent in Inverclyde, and highlight the changes planned for the area.
The visit is one of only five stop-offs during the anniversary cruise and will see 1,700 of the ship’s passengers disembark.
The QE2 will return to the Clyde for the last time next year on Sunday 5 October. Shortly afterwards she will head to Dubai where she is to become a hotel."