Ark Royal

Ark Royal

Planes weren’t the only objects fired off the deck of Mersey-built aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. Other items were loaded on to the catapults too, including an upright piano! It was all a bit of fun, of course, and only possible because the Ark Royal was the first...
Growing Up In The 60s

Growing Up In The 60s

Mobile phones and computer games were far in the future for children on Merseyside in the 1960s. Books and comics fired the imagination, along with black-and-white TV and the wonderful pastime of ‘playing out.’ Games of football in the streets were commonplace along...
Royal Ferries

Royal Ferries

The ferries plying their trade on the River Mersey received a rare honour from King George V in April 1918. The steamers Iris and Daffodil were awarded the title ‘Royal’ in recognition of their wartime service. Both sailed far from Wallasey to be used as troop ships...
The Fourmost

The Fourmost

They were on the tour bus with Cilla Black and sung early Lennon and McCartney songs. They played on stage in the film Ferry Cross the Mersey and had Brian Epstein as their manager. They even recorded at Abbey Road studios with George Martin. In fact, all the right...
Liverpool in New York

Liverpool in New York

A long-held myth was laid to rest when Liverpool visited New York on their 1964 American tour. Contrary to popular belief, centre half Ron Yeats was not as tall as the Empire State building. It had certainly seemed that way during the stunning 1963-4 season which saw...
Wings

Wings

It was like starting all over again for Paul McCartney when he greeted the audience at the Liverpool Empire this week in May 1973. The last time he’d appeared there was December 1965 when the Beatles were at the height of their fame. This time it was very different....