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/

Carl Cashman for Mersey Metro Mayor

Carl Cashman

Cllr. Carl Cashman

Jen and I went to a campaign meeting for Lib Dem Mersey Metro Mayor candidate Carl Cashman last night in Liverpool’s Central Library.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

What a venue, this modern recreation of the library is wonderful; what a great place to meet.

It was a good meeting with a great cross-section of Lib Dem supporters, particularly good to see young people there too. Really nice to meet up with Fred Weavers, Nigel Ashton, Ian Smith, Phil Gilchrist and many others again.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

It’s already clear that Carl will be pressing home his advantage over Labour in a number of key areas. He’s firmly pro-EU and Merseyside voted to Remain. Of course Labour was Pro-EU but now it is backing Teresa May and UKIP’s Brexit! He is also big on green issues and Labour’s record on Merseyside of allowing Green Belt and the highest grade of agricultural land to be built on is terrible indeed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

There’s more to come from Carl, a young man who is fast building a core of support for his fresh approach to politics. Not surprisingly Carl is doing very well with young voters who are walking away from Labour because of its support for Brexit.

I have watched Carl grow myself and he’s quite a contrast to the tired old type of politicians who turn voters off. What’s more he is already Leader of the opposition on Knowsley Council. Watch this young man go places.

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Liverpool – City landmarks lit up for gay pride

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/citys-landmarks-light-up-liverpool-11683344

There are some lovely photo’s of Liverpool landmarks in this article about the recent Gay Pride celebrations in the City.

It is nice to live in a City Region that takes diversity seriously.

Liverpool Poppies – The weeping window

www.flickr.com/photos/keith_page/24331457542/in/photostream/

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.

Liverpool – City Council plans £50m bid to revamp historic buildings

St. Luke's - Liverpool's famous WW2 'bombed-out' church.

St. Luke’s – Liverpool’s famous WW2 ‘bombed-out’ church.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-34615832

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above.

St Luke's catching the setting sun

St Luke’s catching the setting sun

This has to be a very welcome initiative. Liverpool has numerous historic buildings which help make the city so special and attracts more and more visitors to the City each year. Celebrating our historic buildings rather then demolishing them to replace with characterless modern warehouse type structures has to be the way forward.

Liverpool's world famous St. Georges Hall

Liverpool’s world famous St. Georges Hall

My 3 photo’s above are also available to see on my Flickr page at:-

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