Liverpool Poppies – The weeping window

There have been some excellent photos taken of the poppies that were until a few days ago outside St. Georges Hall in Liverpool. I took this one:-

Poppies 3

but of all the shots I have seen the one accessible via the link above is probably my personal favorite as it takes in a much wider vista than just the poppies and St Georges Hall. It was taken by Lydiate photographer Keith Page who happens to be a mate of mine and who continues to try to teach me about how to take a good photo.

Not sure I can ever reach his standards but unbelievably he is actually self critical of the lovely shot he has taken of the poppies. Well I think it is great anyway, please have look at it.

War memorial at Townley Hall, Burnley

During 2014 I ran a series of postings about war memorials to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the war to end all wars.

But of course that war went on for 4 years and it was sadly not the war to end all wars.

Here is a shot taken by ace Lydiate photographer Keith Page of the grand memorial at Townley Hall in Burnley.

War Memorial Townley Hall Burnley r

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

The Keith’s photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Heritage buildings in Liverpool – Some good news

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

I have covered the Stanley Dock issue on this blog site not so long ago:-

A new life for Liverpool’s Stanley Dock?

The Liverpool Echo has a fascinating story – see link above.

Stanley Dock used to be the Liverpool end of the Leeds Liverpool Canal until ‘The Link’ was built, by the former British Waterways (now the canal & River Trust) a few years ago, to enable narrow boats and barges to access the Albert Dock area. The northern part of the City is desperately in need of regeneration so let’s hope this plan works out.

Below is a link to a great photo of Stanley Dock by Lydiate photographer Keith Page:-

Anderton Boat Lift – Northwich

Having lived in Maghull & Lydiate for 46 years now the Leeds Liverpool Canal is a set feature in my life and community and it does make you take a wider interest in canals.

The Anderton Boat lift was was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

So I recently took a trip over to see it with Lydiate’s ace photographer Keith Page. We had a fascinating tour of the very top of the lift (this had to be pre-booked) which is not to be undertaken by those who have a fear of heights! It is well worth a visit if you have not been before:-

Here are a few shots I took – they are not up to Keith’s standards. You can see his photos on his flickr site at:-

The Boat Lift

The Boat Lift

The original design

The original design

The original winding wheels - not now in use - right at the top of the Boat Lift.

The original winding wheels – not now in use – right at the top of the Boat Lift.

There are more photos amongst my Flickr shots at:-

West Lancs Light Railway – Hesketh Bank

This is a delightful narrow gauge railway at Hesketh Bank between Southport and Preston. Their web site is at:-

I undertook a ‘Driver Experience’ day there with my Brother-In-Law Ian a few years ago and we had an excellent day shunting up and down the tracks.

It is open to the public most Sundays and is well worth a visit.

Me on the footplate of the steam engine 'Stanhope'

Me on the footplate of the steam engine ‘Stanhope’

Steaming along

Steaming along

These excellent shots were taken by ace Lydiate photographer Keith Page. You can see his work at:-