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Liverpool trip

Had to go to Liverpool on business last week and had the opportunity to see the sites. Our hotel was situated near Royal Albert Dock and the museum of Liverpool

 The Mersey ferry c/w dazzle strips  

Dazzle warship

 Sorry about the fencing, the dock area is being redeveloped during the  close season.

The Liver building (remember the Liver Birds?)

 The Royal Albert Dock was also full of old buildings, statues and vehicles

 And a tribute to Billy Fury  

Where would we be without the Yellow Submarine and the Titanic

 Talking of the Titanic we had our function in the Titanic hotel and Rum warehouse which has been converted from former warehouses

 Which included the famous staircase

A wonderful city worth a second visit


Fairfield Halls chief exec: ‘If closed, we may never re-open’

I agree

Inside Croydon

Simon Thomsett, the chief executive of the Fairfield Halls, has spoken openly against the council’s proposed two-year closure as part of a long overdue multi-million-pound overhaul for the 50-year-old arts complex, expressing the fear that lost income and grants could make it impossible to re-open.

Fairfield Halls side view“Re-opening means starting from scratch,” Thomsett said in an interview with the Croydon Guardian.

“It means recruitment, it means getting a skills base, finding people who know how to do this kind of thing. It takes quite a lot of time and it is an expensive process.”

There is no dispute that the Fairfield Halls, which opened in 1962, is in desperate need of refurbishment. The disagreement between the board of the Fairfield Halls and Croydon Council is over the management of the project, with Tony Newman, the Labour leader of the council, enthusiastically backing complete closure next year, as the Halls and neighbouring…

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The T9 – Drummond’s Diamond

A fav loco that I will get to see

Loco Yard

T9 - Mid Hants - 2015 - 30120 (1)When the line up for the Mid Hants gala was released the locomotive I was most excited to see was one I saw only a few years ago – the T9. Nicknamed “greyhounds”, the T9 class were a very successful design of Dugald Drummond.  Built in 1899, the locomotive has worn many liveries including Southern Olive and LSWR Pea Green.  Although it looks great in BR Black, you can’t help but think it would look even better in some of it’s earlier liveries.

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