Here’s my list from an older perspective:
Met some friends at the Miller Arcade tobacconist;
Danced to Joe Loss/Ted Heath in the Queen’s Hall (also known as the Saul Street Baths);
Attended concerts by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the Public Hall;
I spent all Saturday morning drinking Russian tea at KD (Kardomah cafe);
Went dancing at Worsleys on Friday night;
I went to the Hippodrome to see the Salberg Players’ Representative Company;
Played tennis on Moor Park;
Danced in the flag market on New Year’s Eve;
Listened to the latest pop 78, which you couldn’t afford, in Murdocks stand at Fishergate;
Queued in the cavernous lobby of the New Vic cinema, manned by a messenger dressed as a Russian general, waiting to see the latest Hollywood offering, preceded by the Wurlitzer organ rising from the depths;
Looking longingly at the wares in the windows of Nottingham House, Sharps, Leaders and Vernon Humpage.
It is sad to realize that none of these can be done today.
Congratulations to Iain Lynn for his fascinating selection of photos for City Traditions (LP, January 10). He must have really had fun doing it. I’m sure it will inspire many more of us to make our own personal choices.
I was particularly interested in his selection of the Miley tunnel on the long closed railway line from Preston to Longridge.
I don’t recall it ever being open for strolling, unless it was an Evening Post photographer or school kids doing a teenage ‘challenge’. Unless someone knows otherwise!
And I never ‘fell down the steps’ on Manxman when it was a nightclub on Preston Dock, but I was a carnival passenger when it made its last official trip around the coast from Liverpool to Preston a Sunday morning before that. Now I’d like to offer Iain a brand new “tradition”, which is rapidly gaining traction, to start his next selection – “Getting your picture taken sitting next to Wallace and Gromit in Preston Market Place”.