Another great concert from Maghull Wind Orchestra at Liverpool’s iconic Palm House in Sefton Park yesterday. The place was packed out; here’s a couple of shots of the concert:-
I think it fair to say that the audience was delighted with the performance but not necessarily, somewhat bizarrely, with the venue’s convenience or should I say inconvenience arrangements. The toilets were out of bounds to those attending the concert and a walk of some 5 minutes, for a fit person, was required through the park to another set of toilets where the gents were out of order anyway! How odd, the notices did not say the toilets were out of order at the Palm House, indeed they seemed to be in use for catering staff if I understood correctly. I’ve been there many times and never have I seen the toilets out of bounds before. Frankly, with many elderly people in the audience or considering that the weather could have turned foul at any moment in February the ‘facilities’ needed to be open. Even the orchestra members had to run for the other toilets at half time! I wonder what the trouble was all about?
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The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
Addendum – I queried the lack of toilet facilities and this is the response – Looks like a misunderstanding on the day – ‘sorry you were unable to use our toilets, this shouldn’t have been the case and that this spoilt enjoyment of both the Palm House and our free Sunday Concert.
We do provide toilets facilities at the Palm House specifically for our visitors and who those attend our events – such as you did when you came to our concert.
However, these are not public toilets for the Park and recently we had been experiencing some anti-social problems and it became necessary to put the signs up around the Palm House to try and deter this.
Anyone who has wanted to use our facilities has been able to so, or has asked a member of staff and have been directed to them. I would stress our intention has never been to stop our visitors using the toilets but only to restrict access.’