Ken Dodd at The Cavern Club

Ken Dodd at The Cavern Club

Two great Liverpool icons – Ken Dodd and the Cavern Club – shared a unique milestone this week in 1964. The much-loved Knotty Ash comedian became the venue’s first ever honorary life member when he stepped on to the famous stage on January 24th. Ever the joker, he...
Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

It’s hard to believe that half a century has passed since John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous ‘Bed-In’ at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple decided to spend their honeymoon staging a week-long protest against the Vietnam War and other conflicts. They took to...
Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Writer Carla Lane’s smash-hit TV comedy The Liver Birds had an unusual recipe for success – Pernod milkshakes! The programme’s stars, Polly James and Nerys Hughes, used to sip them together to help learn their lines. The magic ingredient did the trick. The Liver...
Liverpool’s Big Freeze

Liverpool’s Big Freeze

Resourceful Liverpool manager Bill Shankly knew just what to do when the Big Freeze of 1963 buried the Anfield pitch under a thick sheet of ice. He called in a local tractor owner with a disc harrower to split the ice so it could be bulldozed away before a Fourth...
Merseybeat Music Quiz

Merseybeat Music Quiz

There are plenty of familiar faces, facts and figures to stir the memory over the Christmas holiday – with some general questions thrown in too. Many of the questions come from Clive Hardy’s book Around Merseyside in the 1960s, featuring unmissable photos from an...
Panto

Panto

Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas is following in famous footsteps as the star of this year’s Liverpool Empire pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Top showbiz names have played the lead down the years, including Davy Jones of The Monkees, Dusty...