Merseyside Transport Trust (MTT) Special Running Day 31-12-16

Today the Merseyside Transport Trust ran a low key open day to mark the end of the Overhead Railway Service, and also to mark the start of the New Number 1 bus route which replaced the route.

Buses A36 and A267 provided the transport for people to travel on. Meeting at a central point in Mann Island, the buses then went to Dingle Station and then went the route to Seaforth Station.  The buses stopped a few times to get photo’s along the route, including outside the Florence Institute on Mill St and also also the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse on Great Howard St.

The day was free of charge (as usual) for people to ride the buses, but donations and change were optional at the end.

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A36 and A267 in Georges Dockway
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Plaque Unveiled At Liverpool Town Hall For 80th Anniversary Of Spanish Civil War

A plaque to mark the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War and act as a tribute to those from Merseyside who supported the anti-fascist cause has been unveiled at Liverpool Town Hall.

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Malcolm Kennedy unveiled the plaque at a ceremony in the ground floor of the Town Hall.  In March the installation was given cross party support at a full Council Meeting.

The plaque recognises the part taken by Liverpool Activist’s including, The Merseyside Spanish Aid Committee who took donations on the docks and factories and  Merseyside Left Theatre who staged plays about Spain, organising counter demonstrations against Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (‘Madrid today, Merseyside tomorrow’) It also acknowledge’s  ;ocal firms like Crawford’s, Bibby’s and Lever Brothers who donated and shipped significant amounts of money and food.

It also recognises the estimated 200 Merseysiders who voluntarily travelled to Spain to fight in the International Brigades, with at least 30 of them losing their lives. They were all working class men aged between 17 and 60.

The inscription reads:

“To mark the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (Guerra Civil).

“Plaque instated on 19th December 2016 by Liverpool City Council, in recognition of the heroic Merseysiders who stood up to fascism through their part in the Spanish Civil War.

“Of particular note are those who, despite a ban by the British Government, took part in the International Brigades. Some of whom never returned.

“Their contribution and sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

Councillor Kennedy said: “The Spanish Civil War was an incredibly brutal chapter of history and it’s overwhelming to think that ordinary, working class men from Merseyside wanted to make a stand against the fascist dictatorship of General Franco.

“For many of our local heroes it was a mission they had to undertake in secret, and it’s sad to think that nearly a quarter of them lost their lives fighting for what they believe in.

“I’m am extremely proud to be unveiling this plaque on behalf of the city and it can be a constant reminder of the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.”

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Group shot on stairs

Aleppo Protest, Lime St Station

Protestors gathered earlier near the entrance to Liverpool’s Lime St Station to protest against the atrocities currently ongoing in the Syrian city.  Protestors chanted and had a few speakers to give more information to the attended people.  Local MP Stephen Twigg also attended and showed his support for the cause.  The protest lasted about an hour, and was very peaceful.

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Peaceful protestors

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HMS Eaglet Carol Service 2016

The Annual Carol Service for HMS Eaglet took place in Liverpool Parish Church last night.  It was an almost full house for the hour long service which Rosina Hearn and Hayley Hilton stood near the back and sung along with members of the congregation.

The service was led by Rev David Baverstock, the Asst Priest for Our Lady & St Nicholas (St Nicks).  Songs sung include, In the Bleak Mid Winter, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Silent Night amongst others.

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Aerial view

Duke Of Lancaster Regimental Band Christmas Concert

Yesterday day time saw the annual Christmas Concert by the Duke Of Lancaster Regimental Band in the beautiful setting of Sefton Park Palm House.

The concert started at 2pm with people standing and God Save The Queen playing.  The Band played many Christmas favourites and few less traditional including a Stevie Wonder number and a version of the Game Of Thrones Theme.

Liverpool’s own Mezzo Soprano Classical singer Danielle Thomas, who has played with the regiment band in the past.  Danielle sang a few numbers including “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, and later was presented with flowers.

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Vigil For Peace In Yemen, Lodge Lane

Earlier at the old swimming baths site on Lodge Lane, Liverpool 8, locals gathered at a peaceful vigil to campaign against all the hostilities and horrors currently happening in Yemen.

At the vigil an Arabic peaceful song was played.  Flags were put up and banners in Arabic and English were displayed.  Young and old alike attended.

Two Councillors and an MP gave up their time out of their busy schedules to attend the hour long vigil.  MP Stephen Twigg Labour politician for West Derby, Cllr Steve Munby, Labour Cabinet Member for Neighborhoods and Cllr for Riverside Ward and also Cllr Anna Rothery Labour representing Princes Park Ward gave short talks to the crowd in attendance.  A local girl also came up and recited her “work in progress” poem to the people.

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Stephen Twigg MP and Cllr Anna Rothery with residents

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Eleanor Rathbone Artwork Unveiling

Earlier inside the Walled Gardens of Greenbank Park in Liverpool, three quotes from Eleanor Rathbone were unveiled by the artist Lulu Quinn. The park was once part of the Rathbone Estate.  Eleanor grew up in a house just opposite the gardens, but is now part of Liverpool University.

Eleanor Florence Rathbone (1872 – 1946) was one of the 20th century’s greatest humanitarian activists, who throughout her working life sought to improve the lives of the underrepresented in society, regardless of race, religion or gender.

As a fearless and determined feminist, suffragist, pioneering social and welfare reformer and Independent MP from 1929, she followed her conscience and the family motto, ‘what ought to be done can be done’.

Most notably, her 25 year campaign for a universal benefit to be paid to mothers succeeded with the passing of the Family Allowance Act in 1945. Less well known is her relentless campaigning on behalf of refugees in and from Fascist and Nazi occupied Europe, before and during the Second World War, which earned her the soubriquet, especially amongst the Jewish refugee community, ‘MP for refugees’.

The quotations from Eleanor Rathbone on which the artwork is based are:

“..the overmastering desire of all these poor victims is to find some place where they can be allowed to settle down, to feel at home, to live the remnant of their wrecked lives in peace and safety.” 1945

“..the struggle for the right to become politicians in itself made women politicians.” 1931

“..the whole business of begetting, bearing and rearing children is the most essential of all the nation’s businesses.”  1924

The unveiling was attended by Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Louise Ellman MP, Lesley Urbach from the Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Campaign, Lynn Collins secretary of the North West TUC, Cllr Laura Robertson Collins, Dr Susan Cohen, Lesley Woodbridge Liverpool City Council Public Art Officer amongst others.

The work has been created out of Corten steel sheets. Corten is used in shipbuilding -a reference to Eleanor’s family business .It is a material that will slowly age and deepen in colour gaining an attractive coppery patina. The current state of the artwork is it in its unfinished state, and will take approx 2-4 weeks to naturally change.

Greenbank Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins said: “Eleanor Rathbone was a towering and inspirational figure and we wanted to make sure her words lived on.”

For more information on Eleanor please visit the Wikipedia link below:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Rathbone

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Lulu Quinn with artwork

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