Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Disc jockey Mike Read did Merseyside band Frankie Goes to Hollywood a huge favour in January 1984. He decided to ban their single Relax from his BBC Radio 1 show after he saw the record cover and read the lyrics. Read thought both were overtly sexual and removed the...
King’s Regiment

King’s Regiment

Many Merseysiders will remember the King’s Regiment, which served with distinction for nearly half a century from 1958 to 2006. Formed from the King’s Regiment (Liverpool) first raised in 1685 and the Manchester Regiment, its soldiers were deployed as far afield as...
The Scaffold

The Scaffold

Most Merseyside bands of the 1960s tried to pick a catchy name when they took their first steps in the music business. Something like the Beatles perhaps, or the Searchers or even the Escorts. Not so the Scaffold. They started life as ‘The Liverpool One Fat Lady All...
The Atlantic Conveyor

The Atlantic Conveyor

There was tension in the air when the Atlantic Conveyor quietly slipped its moorings at Liverpool docks this week in 1982. Long-serving Captain Ian North, with his trademark bushy white beard, was at the helm as the Cunard container ship slowly navigated the River...
Liverpool at the Movies

Liverpool at the Movies

It comes as no surprise that Liverpool is the most filmed city in the UK after London. The city’s docks and distinctive architecture have been the setting for movies as varied as Letter to Brezhnev, gritty strike film Dockers and the romantic escapism of Shirley...
Radio City Tower

Radio City Tower

Opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1969, Radio City Tower has seen its fair share of highs and lows over the past half century. It became a Buck Rogers space-style restaurant in 1983 – and closed altogether for most of the 1990s. The tower was only rescued in 1999 when it...