"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Sioux under General
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We bbq’d, partied, tramped around the city centre, visited the museum, explored the Albert docks, lunched at The Shankly Hotel; and purely by accident had a brilliant party evening at The Liverpool pub. 

The Shankly Hotel is a tribute to the life and career of one of

football’s finest managers. The décor, from floor to ceiling, tells the story of one of the greatest managers LFC has ever had. Initially offered the Liverpool job for the first time in 1951, Shankly declined as he is told that the Directors pick the team. His response was “If I don’t pick the team, what am I manager of?” Once signed up, he went on to manage LFC for 15 years and 753 games. The hotel is a tribute to his life and his complete passion for the beautiful game. 

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A fabulous week spent with great friends. There were so many other places we wanted to go to in Liverpool, but time ran out so it wasn’t long before we had to pack our bags and head for the station, and our next stop – the fabulous City of London. 

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Tide level markers, still showing the Roman numerals

The statue of a young family commemorates migration from Liverpool to the new world. It was given to the people of Liverpool by the Mormon Church as a tribute to the many families from all over Europe who embarked on a brave

and pioneering voyage from Liverpool to start a new life in America. It is estimated that in total approximately nine million people emigrated through the port.

The Kings Liverpool Regiment memorial in St John’s

Gardens, in central Liverpool is one of the notable public

monuments of the late Victorian/early twentieth-century period, and is considered

“a rare example of a pre-First World War, large-scale regimental monument in a public setting”. At the top of it stands the figure of Britannia, mourning men of this old, long-established infantry regiment who lost their lives fighting in Afghanistan (1878-80), Burma (1885-87) and South Africa (1899-1902). At the foot of Britannia lies an arrangement of guns, wreaths and palms, with a Union Jack flag draped over it.

A 2.1m bronze drum-shaped monument takes pride of place at the bottom of St John’s Garden, in Liverpool City centre, honouring the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, the 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. “Hillsborough means a lot to people in the city. It’s not just the tragedy of the people who died, but the legacy of the people who were there and were traumatised by it.” 

 

An antique grandfather clock is on permanent display at the town hall – with the hands fixed at 3.06pm – the exact time the fateful 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped. It will remain at the town hall as a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

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Reading about the history of the club & the manager

A permanent wall memorial to The 96

The Royal Liver Building is located at the Pier Head and along with the neighbouring

Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building is one of Liverpool’s Three Graces,

which line the city’s waterfront. It is also part of Liverpool’s UNESCO-designated World

Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. Opened in 1911, it was one of the first buildings in the

world to be built using reinforced concrete. The building stands 98.2m tall to the top of

the spires, and 50.9m to the main roof. It is now only the joint-fourth tallest structure in the

City of Liverpool, having been overtaken in height by West Tower, Radio City Tower and Liverpool Cathedral. The Royal Liver Building is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city of Liverpool and is home to two fabled Liver Birds that watch over the city and the sea. Legend has it that were these two birds to fly away, then the city would cease to exist.

Bear train
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The famous Royal Liver Building in the background, with the Cunard Building in the foreground.

The Port of Liverpool Building 

 

One response to “Family holiday fun time #3 – Out & about in Liverpool”

  1. Pauline Smith says:

    Wow – you really are getting around.
    The locks on the fence – I’m sure you’ve told me about that in some earlier episode?
    How’s Bear’s “friend”?

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