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Posted on March 21, 2017 by Sioux under General
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I have good friends in Liverpool, that my daughter hasn’t seen in years, so we headed there from Tonbridge. My grandson is also a Liverpool Football Club supporter and I really wanted to take him to Anfield. Despite the wet weather, we donned raincoats and headed out. We did the usual touristy stuff like going to The Cavern and The Beatles museum, and while my daughter and her hubby were exploring the city centre; my grandson, my friends’ daughter and I headed to Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club. The lad was in heaven. Mind you, so was I! Just a pity we didn’t manage to get tickets to a game.

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The new Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011 and tells the story of Liverpool and its people, reflecting the city’s global significance. Displays are divided into four main themes: The Great Port, Global City, People’s Republic, and A Wondrous Place, which look at the city’s                 urban and technological evolution, both local and national,                       including the Industrial Revolution and the changes in the British 

        Empire. The museum also features a gallery for children, an 

        aquarium, an interactive archaeology and history resource centre.  

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The rectangular front of the new Museum of Liverpool, with the Liver Buildings and Port of Liverpool on the right.

Anfield Stadium, the home ground of the

Liverpool Football Club, opened in 1884 and was

originally home to Everton Football Club, until they

moved to Goodison Park in 1891. It has been home to LFC since 1892.


The stadium has a seating capacity of around 59,000 making it one of the largest all-seater single

stands in European football. The stadium has four stands – the Spion Kop (named after the hill near

Winterton in Natal, South Africa, where many Lancashire Regiment soldiers fell in the Boer War),

Main Stand, Centenary Stand and Anfield Road End.


The ground was converted from standing only to an all-seater stadium following the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, when 96 LFC football fans went to watch a match – and never went home. There is a permanent memorial, with an everlasting flame, in memory of ‘The 96’, at Anfield. 


Two gates at the ground are named after two of the best managers the club has ever had, namely Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley. A statue of Shankly is situated outside the stadium entrance. Due to building works at the stadium, we were unable to do a full tour of the grounds and had to be happy with a museum tour.

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The Liverpool Pub is a traditional pub with live music and good food. A brill place for a night on the town. We danced till our feet hurt!

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The Cavern Club, a nightclub in Mathew Street, central Liverpool, originally opened as a jazz club in 1957, and later become the centre of the rock and roll

scene in Liverpool during the 1960s, made famous by the popularity of The Beatles. The idea behind the Cavern Club was inspired by the jazz district in

Paris, where there were a number of clubs in wine cellars. A fruit warehouse was initially used, doubled up as an air raid shelter during WWII.

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The Quarrymen, formed by John Lennon in 1956, and eventually evolved into the Beatles in 1960, was one of three jazz clubs that started off in an interlude spot playing skiffle (a music genre with jazz, blues, folk and American folk influences, usually using homemade or improvised instruments).

Paul McCartney’s first appearance at The Cavern was with The Quarrymen in 1958. George Harrison first played at The Cavern during a lunchtime session in 1961.


The Beatles made their first appearance at the club on 9 February 1961 after returning to Liverpool from Germany. Their stage show had been through a lot of changes with some in the audience thinking they were watching a German band as they were billed from Hamburg. From 1961 to 1963 The Beatles made 292 appearances at the club, with their last occurring in 1963.


In decades that followed, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Hollies, The Kinks, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Queen, The Who and John Lee Hooker all played at The Cavern.


Future star Cilla Black worked as the hat-check girl at the club. 

Before a performance one night, the Quarrymen argued amongst

themselves about the set list, as rock ‘n roll songs were definitely

not allowed at the club, but skiffle was tolerated. After opening

with a skiffle song, John Lennon called for the others to start playing an

Elvis Presley song, “Don’t Be Cruel”. He was warned that the audience would “eat you alive”, but

Lennon ignored this and started playing the song himself, forcing the others to join in. Halfway through, the manager pushed his way through the audience and handed Lennon a note which read, “Cut out the bloody rock ‘n roll”. I guess he didn’t listen!


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One response to “Family holiday fun time #2 – Making memories in Liverpool”

  1. Chez says:

    Love this! I am sure your Grandson really appreciates every minute you spent with him at Anfield! Times together with family & Grandchildren are treasured forever so happy for you!

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