Remembrance day in Liverpool – Singing Our Socks Off

I’ve never been to a large city Remembrance Day event before but today I went into Liverpool seemingly with half the rest of the world as our 3 car Ormskirk Line Merseyrail train was packed out and cosy standing room only by the time we got to Liverpool Central Station.

This was the scene outside St. Georges Hall where the main event was taking place:-

And here’s a shot of hundreds of thousands of poppies being released from atop St. John Beacon:-

I then went on to Liverpool’s famous bombed out church – St. Lukes – at the top of Bold Street to see a performance by local Sefton Borough based community choir – Singing Our Socks Off. They were excellent – www.facebook.com/sosoclubchoir/

They were singing war songs and a large crowd had gathered to hear them:-

I always think of my dear old friend Charles ‘Uncle Albert’ Walker who died last year in his mid-90’s as he was fire watching on top of George Henry Lees Department Store the night the incendiary bomb hit St. Lukes. Charles was a proud former RAF Sergeant who as an aircraft electrician worked on virtually every type of Allied aircraft during WWII.

On my way into Liverpool on the over-crowded Merseyrail train, I got talking to two elderly gents proudly wearing medals. It turned out that they were brothers and one was wearing their Grandfather’s medals from the Boer War and WW1 and the other was wearing their Father’s medals from WWII.

All in all an unforgettable day in Liverpool

The 2nd and 4th photos are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Liverpool’s Heritage Open Days – September 6th to 9th and 13th to 16th

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its web site – see link below

‘Inside the hidden places opening for visitors for free during Liverpool Heritage Week’

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/inside-hidden-places-opening-visitors-15075446

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Liverpool’s refurbished/rebuilt Lime Street Station

Liverpool Lime Street Station at night.

After weeks on end of rail travel disruption the rebuilt Lime Street Station is almost complete. The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/first-look-liverpool-lime-street-14961828

A Virgin Pendolino train at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Victory in campaign to stop disability unfriendly trains running out of Liverpool

My previous posting of 3rd June reported on the potential for some trains running into and out of Liverpool to Scarborough being disability unfriendly from July this year – the link below refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/06/03/some-trains-out-of-liverpool-will-not-be-disability-accessible-surely-not-but/

Thankfully The RAILWAY Magazine reports in its July edition that the plan, which would clearly have made life more difficult for those with disabilities has been dropped.

Some trains out of Liverpool will not be disability accessible? Surely not BUT……

www.disabilitynewsservice.com/rail-company-to-run-services-with-no-wheelchair-spaces-on-governments-orders/

Disability News Service has the story on its web site – see link above

The article does indeed make utterly shocking reading if the facts are as outlined. If they are then Government, the Dept. for Transport and the rail operating companies involved need to explain themselves.

Those with disabilities should be our first thought not our last.