Just how fab are the Fab
Four for Liverpool?
A new study is being carried out to
find out definitively what the legacy of the Beatles is worth to Liverpool.
There will be in-depth research into the current Beatles offer, its value in
monetary terms to the city, any gaps in the tourism offer and what the potential
value of the Beatles could be if these gaps were filled.
The report will also study the other benefits of being linked to the Beatles
and what impact this has on the global reputation of the City.
The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University will undertake
the research which will involve stakeholders including tourist attraction
operators, music industry experts and members of the public.
Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture, tourism and events,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "Talk to anyone in or outside of the city
about Liverpool and its history and you can guarantee the Fab Four will get a
We know that the Beatles are a massive pull in terms of tourists, but we don't
know exactly what this translates to in terms of financial impact on the city
and where the gaps are.
There is always a huge amount of debate around whether we as a city make the
most of Beatlemania, and so this report will be a vital and informative piece of
work which will shine a light on the legacy of the Beatles and what it really
means to Liverpool." The research will be separated in to four separate areas:-
► Historical Mapping – University of Liverpool's Department of Music will
carry-out a concise mapping exercise identifying all the historical events which
tie the Beatles to specific city locations and spaces.
► Space and Place Mapping – The Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC),
which works across both universities, will develop a map of the current cultural
and heritage offer relating to the Beatles in the city. When completed, it will
be compared with the results of the historical mapping to see how they
complement each other.
► Cultural Impact of the Beatles - The ICC and the Department of Music
will provide a concise account of the past, current and future non-economic
value of the Beatles to the character of Liverpool. This will examine the impact
the band have on the social, community and cultural reputation of the city.
Professor Simeon Yates who is the Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital
will be co-ordinating the report. He said:- "Creative and cultural industries are key to both
the economics and the identity of major cities. Making the most of the cultural
heritage and contemporary culture; and the Beatles are both in Liverpool; is
at the core of this. Helping Liverpool understand and make best use of its
cultural capital is key to the role of the ICC and we are incredibly excited to
be working with colleagues across both Universities and the city on this
project." The report is expected to be completed in the summer.
Maritime heroes to be
honoured, but do you know any others?
Mariners' Society is calling on members of the maritime community and air/sea
rescue organisations across the UK to nominate colleagues and fellow volunteers
for their heroic acts of bravery at sea for its annual Skill and Gallantry
The Society, which supports ex-merchant seafarers, fishermen and their
dependents in times of financial hardship, has been presenting the awards every
year since 1851. Last year saw crews and individuals from four dramatic
sea rescues honoured. Among last year's recipients were; the helicopter crew of:-
from 771 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, who carried out the daring rescue of 5
French fishermen from their sinking trawler; Petty Officer (Aircrewman) Russell
Adams, also from 771 Squadron, was recognised for his role in a separate
incident; RNLI Helmsman Derek Pusey for his part in the challenging rescue of
2 men cut off by the tide; his colleague, Crewman Clive Williams, was also
honoured for swimming to the casualties; and finally, RNLI Coxswain Paul
Legendre was recognised for his outstanding leadership, seamanship and
perseverance in searching for a missing boy for 6 hours.
Nominations for this year's awards are now open and the Shipwrecked Mariners'
Society is calling on the maritime community to forward examples of outstanding
acts of bravery and heroism.
To submit nominations (required by 8 May, 2015)
Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive, Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, 1
North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TL.
can also send an
call 01243 789329.
In the last year the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society handled 650 new applications
for assistance and distributed £1.4million across 2,200 cases of need.
Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, said:-
"The Society's annual Skill and Gallantry Awards are an important event in
the maritime calendar and a chance to honour all those unsung heroes who risk
their lives to keep seafarers' and members of the public safe. Every year I am
struck by the outstanding qualities shown by the men and women who are nominated
and the courage they display in helping those in distress at sea."
For more information about the awards visit:-
Review:- "Spandau Ballet
- Live in Liverpool"
ON Saturday, 7 March 2015, live at the
Liverpool Echo Arena, in Liverpool, was 1 of Britain's great iconic bands, who
have sold over 25 million records. 'Spandau
Ballet' who band formed in London in
the late 1970s still draw a crowd, and still can perform!
The night opened with DJ Rusty Egan supporting set list packed
with retro and techno romanticism, the musical blend of past and present. Before
long, the lights went down, and the arena was cast in blue as the curtain
dropped and Hadley's iconic voice burst into life. And so began a nostalgic
journey down a road paved with hits such as:- 'Through The Barricades',
'Instinction', and many more.
They performed to a packed arena and the hits of old were
interspersed with new material as well as rear screen projections showing videos
of the band from years ago. An acoustic set was performed half way through from
the centre of the arena with just Tony Hadley and Gary Kemp before returning to
the main stage.
It is hard to believe that it has been 35 years since Spandau
Ballet debuted with:- 'To Cut A Long Story Short'. They did not
disappoint the crowd, from Tony Hadley's crowd pleasing, the other band members
certainly worked the stage, with Martin and Gary brothers grooving along to
their guitar playing, to Steve Norman constantly swapping from one instrument to
another and impressing the audience with his iconic saxophone solos and
relentlessly intense bongo playing.