The image shows the Liver Building at the Pier Head, on the waterfront. The clock is apparently the largest clock face in the country, larger than Big Ben. The actual Liver Bird sculptures atop of the building were designed by the German sculptor Carl Bartels.
Originally I come from the Gateacre / Woolton area. I went to Woolton County Primary School, Out Lane and Quarry Bank Grammar School (now Calderstones School), Harthill Road, Allerton.
Study as a mature student at Riversdale College of Technology meant I eventually left Liverpool and now live in Portsmouth.
My grandparents lived next door to Bill Shankley, who moved into 30 Bellefield Avenue, West Derby. Originally when he came to Liverpool, the team was still in the Second Division, and he continued to live in Bellefield Avenue even when Liverpool FC became more successful.
At Woolton C.P. , I was in the same class as Christine Paisley, daughter of Bob Paisley, who at the time, was Liverpool's trainer and well-known locally although I don't know whether his name was well-known generally. He lived in North Manor Way, but later moved.
St. Peters, where Paul McCartney first met John Lennon, lies on the hill just above Woolton Village. Probably nowadays, this site atttracts a lot of interest from outside the area while being of no particular interest to people who live there ! Likewise for Strawberry Fields which lies not too far away, and provides nothing more than the title for a song. (Penny Lane is a bit further away and does have a shelter in the middle of a "roundabout" but little else of what is mentioned in the song. Actually the name of Penny Lane is used to loosely denote the shopping areas of Allerton Road and Smithdown Road, an area whose chief characteristic seems to be that it has no pubs.)
At Quarry Bank, I was a contemporary ( or possibly near contemporary ) of a few "famous" people. Joe Royle was there, or had just left maybe, while I was there. Also there were the sons of Billy Liddell, and Shelagh Ratcliffe, a well-known swimmer. The only person I knew well by sight, although he never knew me, was Steve Coppell - he played football for Liverpool Primary Schools, so was already "well-known" before arriving at Quarry.
Quarry Bank was also John Lennon's old school - the Beatles were originally known as the Quarrymen, although the connection of this name with the school is probably a bit exaggerated. At best, I am inclined to believe (with no actual evidence as such!) that it was possibly a dual assignation, suggested both the school and by Woolton Quarry (and associated Quarry Street) close to John's home.
Quarry Bank was quite a progressive school at the time, under the headmaster Mr. Pobjoy. As an indication of how things have gone downhill, I could mention their current involvement with the the infamous Jarvis construction firm, who are re-constructing major sections of the school despite killing several passengers in the Potter's bar rail crash and despite their major involvement with the Hatfield rail crash, where work on replacing a defective rail was delayed until it was too late.
Other schools in Liverpool are receiving the same treatment. Paul Clien, the Chair of the Education Committee one of the ruling Liberal Democrat group on the local council, boasted, "This is tremendous news for education in Liverpool. We will be providing schools fit for the 21st century." A contemporary news report stated : -
The reality is that five Jarvis-run schools failed to open at the beginning of this term, leaving parents' plans in tatters and pupils' education disrupted. Subcontractors walked off the job when Jarvis failed to pay them, and the schools are still building sites.
I got 'caught up' in the high-unemployment which blighted Liverpool more than many places in Britain. Further, or maybe because of, I had to fight Liverpool Council to try and get the type of qualifications that I think I can achieve. This fight, to my mind, had the effect of greatly derailing my ambitions and are a current source of 'unhappiness'. Details are here, if you are in a position to offer any assistance.