Frank Doran & St Monica’s RC Church Bootle

Despite not having a religion I have always found church architecture interesting and yesterday I got quiet a pleasant surprise when I attended the funeral of my old friend Frank Doran. I know that sounds odd but Frank would have laughed!

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The ceremony was held in St Monica’s Church, Bootle which I had not seen before. Completed in 1936 it is art deco style and brick built. Interesting from the outside it is truly impressive on the inside. With massive vaulted brick arches running down each side you could be forgiven for thinking it is constructed like two railway viaducts with a roof between them. I was hugely impressed and it also felt a little tardis-like as on the inside it looks far bigger than the scale of it outside seems to be.

If you get the chance, have a look at it – especially the inside; it’s quite a treat.

The Parish web site is at

www.rc.net/uk/liverpool/stmonica/

Goodness knows how many people crammed into this very large church, which could easily pass for a small cathedral, but the turn out did Frank proud – at least 500. It was also great to see players from Bootle Football Club forming a guard of honour.

I met some old PCS friends such as Jackie McWilliams who is stood next to Frank in the photo below.

I find it hard to believe that Frank has gone.

Frank with Jackie McWilliams taking part in a PCS Trade Union protest outside the Triad building in Bootle.

Frank with Jackie McWilliams taking part in a PCS Trade Union protest outside the Triad building in Bootle.

Frank Doran Jr – A Bootle Buck RIP

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I have known Frank for many years as a work colleague and as a fellow activist in the trade union movement. I have always counted Frank as a personal friend.

Sadly, Frank has died after a struggle against cancer. I will miss him terribly. I will miss his humour, his kindness and his company. Bootle Football Club have lost someone who has devoted many years to it.

Frank with Jackie McWilliams taking part in a PCS Trade Union protest outside the Triad building in Bootle.

Frank with Jackie McWilliams taking part in a PCS Trade Union protest outside the Triad building in Bootle.

Frank had a mind open to ideas from others and he was far from being a dogmatic trade unionist who always thought our trade union was in the right. Indeed, he often seemed to share my concerns about the direction of the trade union movement; a subject we would often debate.

A life used to help others less fortunate than himself, a life that we can celebrate. I am glad to have known Frank Doran Jr.