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Posted on September 14, 2018 by Sioux under General
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I had managed to obtain a ticket to a football game at Anfield, so left my camera at home and walked around the city with Paul. Mathew Street and The Cavern Club was a must before taking him up the radio city tower to get a complete view of the city from up high. 

A life-size brass statue of comedian Sir Ken Dodd OBE was unveiled on the concourse of Lime Street Station in 2009. An English comedian, singer and occasional actor, he was described as “the last great music hall entertainer” and was primarily known for his live stand-up performances. 

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The Cavern Club opened in a warehouse cellar in 1957 and went on to be known as the venue that launched The Beatles on their road to stardom. A popular music venue in the 50’s and 60’s, The Cavern Club had many famous musicians pass through its doors, and is still very much a popular night time entertainment venue . 

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Another touristy stop that I hadn’t been to was

Radio City Tower, also known as St. Johns

Beacon, which dominates the Liverpool

skyline and is occupied by Radio City, Liverpool’s main radio station.

 

It is 138m high with a panoramic viewing platform, offering superb views over the city and Merseyside. Constructed in 1965, the tower was originally a rotating restaurant.

 

There are 558 stairs up to the top, and two lift shafts which reach the top in 30 seconds. 

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We met up with my friends and I headed off to the game at Anfield Stadium while Paul did an organised walking tour of the city   

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Liverpool cathedral, photographed from the top of Radio City Tower.

The limestone building to the left of Lime Street station domed rooftops was originally built as a hotel during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. But with steam trains still very much in use the hotel proved to be unsuitable due to the smoke and noise.

 

The landmark North Western Hall building with its renaissance-style spires and turrets closed as a hotel in the 1930’s and stood empty for years before being converted into student halls in 1996. 

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The weather held for the walkabout tour, and although they revisited a number of places Paul & I had already been to, there were a few new stops aswell. 

Originally constructed in 1716, the Blue Coat Chambers building was extended in 1718 to function as a boarding school. By 1719 it had 50 children, with room for 100 more, and construction was finally completed in 1725. Facing demolition when the school moved out, the building rented out from 1907 as an independent art school and society. It was sold and renamed in 1909. The owners death in 1925 again led to possible demolition and money was raised for the purchase of the building which resulted in the establishment of the Bluecoat Society of Arts in 1927. The concert hall and adjoining rooms were severely damaged in 1941 by an incendiary bomb and the rear wing was destroyed by a bomb blast. Post-war restoration was completed by 1951.

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The statue of Eleanor Rigby is based on the fictitious character “Eleanor Rigby”, made famous in the eponymous song by the Beatles. Released in 1966 it is often described as a lament for lonely people or a commentary on post-war life in Britain. Paul McCartney came up with the melody while experimenting with his piano and said that the original name of the protagonist was Miss Daisy Hawkins.

 

McCartney  came up with the name “Eleanor” from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with the Beatles in the film Help! “Rigby” came from the name of a store in Bristol.  

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Castle street, leading from Queen Victoria’s statue to the Liverpool town hall was, in its day, the banking centre of the city. Sadly due to advances in banking technology, the last bank in Castle Street closed a few months prior to our visit.

The fence around the Liverpool town hall is adorned with “golden” pineapples. In Victorian times, pineapples were seen as signs of wealth and status, and were included in the facades and designs of a number of buildings. Christopher Columbus introduced them to the UK, and gave royalty a taste for them. In the 18th century, people could rent pineapples out for the night if they were having a dinner party, using them as a centrepiece to demonstrate their wealth. The alternative was to buy one, which would have cost the equivalent of about £5,000 today! 

Another great day out, although my team drew their last game of the season, but it was amazing to watch them play live.

 

Paul also had a great day out, and after meeting up in the city centre, we had dinner and headed home. There was packing to be done, as in the morning we were heading to London! I had a surprise planned for Paul’s birthday – if the weather held.

 

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