Drive’ honours drummer
THE ORIGINAL drummer in the
Beatles is to be immortalised, after the go-ahead was given to name
a new Liverpool street in his honour.
Pete Best’s contribution to Liverpool’s musical heritage will be
recognised with the creation of ‘Pete Best Drive’, at Bellway Homes’
new Bellefield housing development in West Derby. It follows a
campaign from the fans, friends and family of Pete Best, which has
gained the support of over 10,000 people.
The new housing development, which began on-site in the Spring, was
chosen as the best location, because Pete hails from the area and
the Casbah Club; where Pete and the Beatles began their careers;
was located less than half a mile away.
The Casbah Club, which was started by Pete’s mother, Mona Best, in
1959, and which has now become synonymous with the band, will also
be immortalised at Bellefield. Another new street - Casbah Close;
will be created, in honour of its important place in Liverpool’s
Pete, 69, who has given his blessing to the initiative, will visit
the development to see the street which will be named in his honour,
as well as the street which is to become Casbah Close.
He will be joined by his manager and brother, Roag Best, the city
council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm
Kennedy, Bellway Homes representatives and members of the group
which campaigned for the street naming.
Pete said:- “Now everything is finalised, and Pete Best Drive
and Casbah Close are actually happening! I feel very
humbled, very flattered and very honoured that the city of
Liverpool, council members and the people of Liverpool have thought
to honour me in such a fantastic way.”
Roag Best added:- “I think it’s wonderful that Liverpool has
recognised Pete’s and the Casbah Club’s contribution to our city’s
great cultural heritage. It’s a pity our mother isn’t here to
see it, as without her, none of it would have happened.”
Pete Best was born in India on 24 November 1941, moving to Liverpool
in 1945. He joined The Beatles in August 1960, one day before they
travelled to Hamburg to play a season of club dates. He went on to
do more than 1,000 shows with the Beatles, playing an integral part
in their formative years, before being replaced by Ringo Starr in
1962, just before the Beatles hit the big time.
The married father of 2 and grandfather of 4 went on to work as a
civil servant for 20 years, before starting The Pete Best Band in
1988. 50 years on from his first performance with The Beatles, Pete
is still playing to thousands of people, including an estimated
30,000 at a recent concert in Brazil.
In 1981, streets in Kensington were named after John Lennon, Paul
McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr but Pete has never
received this honour. Last year, a campaign was launched, led by
Beatles fans, including fan club organiser Gene Grimes, for a street
to be named after Pete.
A petition, run on Facebook, Twitter, and in Beatles-linked hotels
and bars, has attracted more than 10,000 supporters from around the
world. Liverpool City Council began an exercise to identify
the best location for the street naming - and also put forward
further proposals for Casbah Close. Cabinet member for Regeneration
and Transport, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy and cabinet member for
Culture and Tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon then began talks with
Bellway Homes over the issue and wrote to Pete Best to ask if he was
happy to be commemorated in this way.
Bellway Homes has formally agreed to these street names, and Pete
Best has also given his approval. The formal naming process is now
Councillor Kennedy said:- “We always consider the use of
iconic Liverpool names when suitable new streets or public places
are created, and we receive regular requests to pay tribute to
individuals who have made their mark on the city. We only name a
street after a living person if it is an exceptional case.
Pete Best is certainly one of those exceptional individuals. He has
made a significant contribution to the musical heritage of our city,
and he is a worthy recipient of this honour.”
The Bellefield housing development will consist of 74, 4 and
5 bedroom homes, with the first of the homes due to be completed in
David Williams, Regional Director of Bellway Homes, said:-
“Bellway are delighted that we are able to honour Pete Best’s
connections with the area by naming a street after him.”
Trust starts £1m
A £1m refurbishment of the
mortuary at Southport and Formby District General Hospital gets
under way on 1 August 2011.
The current mortuary, which is also the public mortuary for the
Sefton Coroner, opened with the original hospital building in the
Eighties and is now showing its age.
The refurbishment will see the stripping out and redesigning the
existing mortuary and installation of state-of-the-art post-mortem
examination facilities. There will also be additional
temperature-controlled storage which will include more spaces for
Hospital staff, local funeral directors, the Coroner and contractors
have spent 6 months planning the work which is expect to be
completed by November 2011.
A short term body store, using a temporary chilling system, will be
established in a secure room next to the mortuary. The Trust will
also be making use of the mortuary at Ormskirk District General
Hospital where post-mortem examinations will be also carried out for
the duration of the work.
Ben Swift, Bereavement and Mortuary Services Manager, said:-
“We are making every effort to ensure families are assured there is
no compromise in the care and respect we show the recently deceased
during the period of this work.
Mortuaries have an important but challenging role whose services are
often overlooked. They are an extension of the high quality,
end-of-life care the Trust provides for patients, so the planning
and collaboration with partners has been essential to ensure we get
this important work right.”
North West parents using the Child Support Agency" says Minister
A record 112,870 children are benefiting from
maintenance payments collected or arranged by the Child Support
Agency in the North West, according to the latest
statistics. But the Government
says the encouraging figures suggest many separated parents could be
supporting their children without CSA intervention.
Ministers say reforms now going through Parliament will see better
help and support available for parents at the time they separate so
that the CSA is no longer the default option. At present the Agency
too often drives a wedge between parents, leading to further
hostility and souring of relations.
While the Agency netted over £140.5m in the North West region in the
12 months to July, many parents are still failing to pay for their
children on time.
"Most separated parents want to support their children without
interference from the state. But these figures show that there is
still an irresponsible hardcore trying to avoid their legal duty.
Our reforms will help and reward parents who make collaborative,
family-based arrangements and free-up the state service to chase
those who do not meet their financial responsibility to their
children." says Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller MP.
There are currently 156,620 CSA cases in the North West. Over the
next few years, all parents with CSA cases will be offered help to
make their own arrangements. If they are unable to do so, they will
be able to apply to a new, simpler and more efficient child
Separated parents who want to make their own family-based
arrangements, you can already access free information and support
from the Child Maintenance Options service by visiting:-
cmoptions.org or calling:- 0800