British Eagle

British Eagle

The sorry looking row of hostesses’ hats and pilots’ caps at Speke airport said it all. Liverpool airline British Eagle had gone into liquidation. All flights were grounded and the uniforms would never be worn again. Planes emblazoned with the proud British Eagle logo...
Ford Capri

Ford Capri

There was always something exotic about the Halewood-produced Ford Capri. Its name alone was sunny and cosmopolitan, unlike the more steadfast-sounding Anglia, Standard and Consul. On TV, policemen and gangsters alike loved its sleek looks and raked rear window – the...
HMS Conqueror

HMS Conqueror

When nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sped down the slipway at Birkenhead in 1969, no-one suspected it would one day sink an Argentinian battleship half way round the world. The 5,400-ton vessel, built by Cammell Laird at a cost of £30 million, was designed to hunt...
Liverpool Dock Strike

Liverpool Dock Strike

Murmurs of discontent were rumbling round the Liverpool Docks during the stormy summer of 1960. Frustrated dockers went out on strike in early July demanding a cut in hours and an increase in wages – and the city’s seafarers soon followed suit. The seamen wanted their...
Halewood Women

Halewood Women

Thanks to the movie Made in Dagenham, everyone remembers the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike for the 187 women who walked out in Essex. But 195 women at the Halewood car plant went on strike too! Much less is written or heard about them. But their fight for fair...