Trump Protest in Liverpool

A second protest / rally has taken place in Liverpool on the steps of St Georges Hall against the U.S President’s new foreign travel ban, dubbed the “Muslim Ban” by some people.

Hundreds of people gathered and brought placards with them to protest against this new bill, which bans people from several Muslim countries entering the USA.  Some of the countries with the restriction are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The ban has caused chaos in several US airports as people who were returning the above mentioned countries were detained by Federal officials even though some had green cards and some were US residents.

The protest set up by Liverpool Momentum was arranged only a day before and asked people to gather and protest against this ban and Prime Minister May’s refusal to condemn his actions.

It goes on to say.

“Donald Trump has imposed a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US and while Jeremy Corbyn was quick to call for the cancellation of Trump’s UK State visit, our Prime Minister, Theresa May, has failed to speak out to defend our values of humanity and compassion. It is a matter of national shame.”

So far 18,000 people from across Merseyside, and nationally it’s over a million have signed a petition for Donald Trumps State Visit to be cancelled.

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Holocaust Exhibition Opens In Liverpool Town Hall

An exhibition opened today in the Hall Of Remembrance inside Liverpool Town Hall as part of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The display was opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Roz Gladden.  The 3 day event is staged by Fathers House, a Christian congregation based in Deeside who question members of the public about their recollection and understanding of the Holocaust.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is not only a time to remember those millions who died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides but is also a call to action for the present.

“We all have a responsibility over related issues such as hate crime and prejudice to ensure they have no place in our society.

“The events we are putting on will be moving and poignant and encourage us all to help to build a safer future for ourselves and future generations.”

Pastor Mike Fryer from Fathers House said: “Before the early 1990s, the Holocaust was not a subject schools taught to their students and therefore there are those in our society who don’t really understand the suffering of those six million Jews murdered during the Second World War.”

Liverpool Councillor Jeremy Wolfson, a member of the city’s Jewish community, said: This exhibition gives us an opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust and raise awareness of not only what happened but to try and ensure that the attitudes which led to it are not repeated.”

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screen in reception area

French Honour for British War Heroes

Six war veterans received the highest decoration from the French government – the National Order of the Legion of Honour in a ceremony in Liverpool Town Hall earlier.

The award is being presented to the Liverpool men for their bravery and role in liberating France in 1944. The medals have been distributed via the French Embassy in London, and were presented by Honorary Consul of France, Mr Philip Daniel, on behalf of the President of the Republic of France.

                   Receiving the award will be:

·         Capt. Tim Fitzgerald, 3rd Battalion, The Irish Guards

·         Kingsman Bernard Cross, 5th Battalion, The Liverpool King’s Regiment

·         Rifleman Desmond James Ryan, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Ulster Rifles

·         Pte Michael Crumby, 8th Irish Battalion, The Liverpool King’s Regiment

·         Gunner Richard Stanley Hughes, Royal Regiment of Artillery

·         Leading Aircraftman Stephen Conyngham, Royal Air Force

The medals were presented Mr Philip Daniel, the Honorary Consul Of France.  The ceremony was also attended by Liverpool Lord Mayor, Cllr Roz Gladden, husband consort Cllr Roy Gladden, the High Sheriff of Merseyside Mr Jim Davies OBE DL, the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna E F Muirhead, DCVO DBE SRN SCM CstJ FRCOG FRCM and Mr Ronald Muirhead ,Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council Mr Ged Fitzgerald and Rector of Liverpool Parish Church Revd Dr Crispin Pailing.

The ceremony was hosted by Toastmaster Chirs Caroe.

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the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

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Right Rev’d James Jones Receives Freedom Of The City Of Liverpool

The Right Rev’d James Jones KBE (68) received the city’s highest civic honour in a ceremony in Liverpool Town Hall, Council Chambers earlier.

The Rev’d who received a Knighthood in the New Years Honours List was presented with the award for his work as chair of the Hillsborough Independent Panel who’s report led to the quashing of the verdicts and criminal proceedings against some of those involved in the cover up. The award was also presented for this pastoral duties and challenging poverty in Liverpool

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “Bishop James has been a towering figure in Liverpool life for almost two decades, championing the city and speaking up on behalf of those with no voice. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his work leading the Church of England in the city and latterly chairing the Hillsborough Independent Panel which shed light on what really happened during and after the disaster.”

“It is right and proper that we convey and formally record our thanks for his incredible passion, commitment and loyalty to the city by awarding him the Freedom of Liverpool.”

Bishop James said: “Receiving the Freedom of the City underlines the honour that it has been to serve the people of Liverpool, especially the families of the 96 and the survivors. The city has never wavered in its support of them and to become a freeman of this city is a permanent reminder to me of the way the families have fought and been vindicated in their struggle for truth, justice and accountability.”

Last September, the city council awarded the Freedom of the City posthumously to the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster, as well as to Professor Phil Scraton, who led the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research team, and Kenny and Marina Dalglish, who represented the football club so magnificently at the time. Due to his work commitments as advisor on Hillsborough to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, Bishop James was unable to attend that ceremony.

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Service sheet

Cilla Black Statue Unveiled In Mathew St, Liverpool

A new statue of Cilla Black was unveiled yesterday outside the original entrance to The Cavern Club in Liverpool, where Cilla once worked and later sang at.  Cilla died after a fall at her Spanish Villa in Augiust 2015 aged 72.

The bronze sculptor created and designed by artists Emma Rodgers and Andy Edwards and was cast at Castle Fine Arts Foundry in Liverpool and was commissioned by her three sons.

The ceremony coincided with the 60th anniversary of the world famous club, and on the same day a plaque was presented to the remaining members of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes in the Cavern and a brick was placed in the Cavern Wall Of Fame by Irish musician Gilbert O’Sullivan.

The ceremony was attended by hundreds of fans and well wishers.  Guests include her three sons, Jack, Ben and Robert, local DJ Pete Price, Lord Mayor, Cllr Roz Gladden and consort Cllr Roy Gladden amongst others.

Unveiling the statue, Robert Willis said his mother “never really appreciated getting old but now she will be forever young”.

He told onlookers: “We were overwhelmed by the incredible support after our mother died from the country but also, and especially, from the people of this great city.

“It was incredibly comforting and it moved us deeply and gave us hope at a time when we didn’t have much hope.

“It was something that none of us will ever forget.”

He said the local-made sculpture was not only a memorial to his mother but donating it to Liverpool was “a small gesture of gratitude and thanks to the people of this wonderful city”.

“It’s based on a sixties design, the dress is chequered and it enabled us to put little stories like photos and lyrics hidden in there for people to check out.

“I’m just incredibly relieved that it turned out as well as it did. We are so happy with it, and I hope people enjoy it. And they did get the legs right, she had great legs! And also the nose – it’s the post-nosejob nose which she would have insisted on!”

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Statue still under wraps 90min before unveiling

Rory Storm And The Hurricanes New Plaque To Be Unveiled At Cavern Club, Liverpool

Skiffle / Rock N Roll band Rory Storm And The Hurricanes are to be honoured with a new plaque in commemoration of their contribution to music.

Rory Storm was born Alan Ernest Caldwell 7th Jan 1938 in Liverpool.  Storm had a prolific stutter but it never effected his singing.

Originally calling themselves the Raving Texans, they changed their name to Rory Storm & the Hurricanes in 1959, taking on Ringo Starr as their drummer the same year. As the lead vocalist, Storm was known as an excellent showman, climbing up pillars to balconies. They were by some estimations the most popular band in the embryonic Liverpool rock scene as the 1960s began; they even managed to appear on the same bill as Gene Vincent in a 1960 concert at Liverpool Stadium, which was the biggest rock show that had ever taken place in the city up to that time.

In early 1962, Starr left the group for a while to play in Tony Sheridan’s band in Hamburg, but had rejoined the Hurricanes that summer, when they were playing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness. He had become friendly with the Beatles during the Hamburg stints, and on a few occasions had sat in with them on drums. In mid-August 1962, he was asked by the Beatles to replace Pete Best, an invitation he of course accepted; he was a better drummer than Best and, just as importantly, far more compatible personality-wise with the Beatles’ attitude and sense of humor. Starr was replaced by Gibson Kemp, later to play in Paddy, Klaus, and Gibson, and to marry Astrid Kirschherr, who had been engaged to original Beatles’ bassist Stu Sutcliffe before Sutcliffe’s death in early 1962. Incidentally, Paul McCartney of the Beatles was the boyfriend of Rory Storm’s sister, Iris Caldwell, for a while around this time.

Yet this wasn’t the end of Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, although their position on top of the Merseybeat hierarchy was rapidly sliding, not just in light of the Beatles’ meteoric rise to international stardom, but also as numerous other Liverpool bands scaled the British and then American charts. In the meantime Storm couldn’t even get a record deal, although he and his band did record three tracks for the mid-1963 compilations This Is Mersey Beat Vol. 1 and This Is Mersey Beat Vol. 2. The British independent label that had issued these compilations also put out a single of two of these numbers, “Dr. Feelgood” and “I Can Tell,” in late 1963. These, however, illustrated at least part of the problems Rory Storm & the Hurricanes had in competing with other British groups by this time: their repertoire consisting wholly of covers of early American rock tunes and popular standards (on the compilations they had also done “Beautiful Dreamer”), and Storm’s high-pitched, nervously quavering voice lacked power and presence.

Yet Rory Storm & the Hurricanes did have one last shot on disc, putting out a single, “America”/”Since You Broke My Heart,” in late 1964. Interestingly, this was issued on Parlophone, the Beatles’ label, and produced by Brian Epstein, in his one and only venture into record production; in addition, Ringo Starr was at the session and added some miscellaneous percussion and backing vocals. Whether Epstein and Starr got involved with this single because they felt bad about Starr’s defection from the group and Storm’s failure to follow the Beatles into stardom is unknown, but in any case the record didn’t do well.

Storm’s band was quite instable and went through numerous lineup shuffles in the post-Starr years. In addition to not writing any of their own material, they suffered a further handicap: Storm apparently was uninterested in even learning new covers, playing much the same stuff in the mid-’60s as they had several years earlier. Rory Storm & the Hurricanes finally broke up in 1967. Rory Storm later became a disc jockey, but died under mysterious circumstances in September 1972. He was found dead in his house after combining alcohol with sleeping pills. His mother was also found dead in the home, leading to speculation that the pair had decided to commit suicide together. However another story goes that after being unable to sleep Storm had some sleeping pills, but not enough to kill him (proven after toxicology tests).  In the morning his mum found him dead and distraught with grief overdosed shortly afterwards. Some stories state his mum died of a heart attack later the same day. Some say he was down on his luck and had intended to kill himself with an overdose of whisky and pills. In any case his life was tragically cut short at the age of 34.

The original line up for the group was :-

Alan Caldwell – Vocals

Charles (Ty) O’Brien – Lead Guitar

Johnny (Guitar) Byrne – Rhythm Guitar

Wally Eymond (Lou Walters) – Bass Guitar

Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) – Drums

Ex Hurricanes Lou Walters, Jimmy Tushingham and Vince Earle, along with Iris Caldwell (Rory Storms sister) appeared on stage in the world famous Cavern Club to receive a plaque which was put temporarily on the wall next to the stage.  Ex Roadie “Jamo” spoke along with Iris Caldwell after receiving the award.

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Jamo, Iris Caldwell, Lou Walters, Jimmy Tushingham and Vince Earle

For more information about Rory and The Hurricanes please visit the Wikipedia link below:-


Funeral Service for Beatles Manager Allan Williams

The funeral was held earlier in Liverpool Parish Church for Mr Allan Richard Williams who passed away on 30th Dec 2016 aged 86.

Allan was a businessman and promoter known most famously as being the first manager of The Beatles.  He worked with The Beatles between 1960 and 1961.  He personally drove them in August 1960 to Hamburg where they developed their own style and sound.

Williams parted company with the band in 1961 over a dispute about his management fee. The following year Brian Epstein took over as their manager and propelled them to worldwide stardom.

Williams become the owner of the Jacaranda Club on Slater St Liverpool which opened in 1958 and was previously a watch repair shop.  The coffee house as it was, first become a, meeting point for students, artists and musicians among them was John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Stuart Sutcliffe. At one stage John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe were employed by Williams to create a mural for the ladies toilet. Williams began arranging gigs for the band at the Jacaranda and the Blue Angel bar, which Williams also owned, aswell at other venues around the city.

Williams wrote a memoir in 1977 titled “The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away”

Williams later on helped arrange and organise the Beatles Conventions in Liverpool, and was a regular speaker at the event and around the world.

Williams is survived by his wife, Beryl, and children Justin and Leah.

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Service Sheet