Liverpool's Penny Lane
neighbourhood in 1960's looked at in new book
PENNY Lane and All That by Ann Carlton, published this
week, is a celebration of growing up in Liverpool's Penny Lane neighbourhood,
during the same era as the Beatles and Quarrymen.
Ann grew up at Penny Lane during the 1940's and 1950's. Her father, the late Sir
Stanley Holmes, rose from poverty to become Liverpool's Town Clerk and later
Chief Executive of the short lived Merseyside County Council. This background
gave her unique insights into both poverty and affluence in the City at the
From 1st hand experience she describes the Penny Lane area itself, the squalor
of the City's slums and attempts to clear them, the treatment of needy children
and unmarried mothers, stays in early NHS hospitals including Alder Hey, the
glamour of civic events and the cultural diversity of the City. "To be
born and grow up in Liverpool is something special. It can provide you with a
sense of humour as well as a dogged determination to fight for fairness and
justice. I hope this book gives a sense of that and perhaps of the reasons why
the City is so special." said Ann.
Ann also mentions the redevelopment that took place in central
Liverpool during the 60's and her experience of eating in the revolving
restaurant which was then at the top of St Johns Beacon.
She points out that:- "Liverpool was multicultural before that term was
invented' and describes her own Welsh heritage which included visits to concerts
given in the Philharmonic Hall by the Liverpool Welsh Choral and conducted by
the great conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent. Another source of the City's strength
comes from the local people's awareness of their togetherness. If you belong to
Liverpool, you belong to Liverpool with other people' explained Ann, 'Liverpudlians
tend to stick together and fight for justice. The Sun newspaper found this out
in the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, when it made false allegations
against Liverpool football supporters. Liverpool, as a City, showed what its
people thought of that newspaper and its then editor Kelvin MacKenzie when, en
masse, they refused to buy the paper."
After studying sociology at the London School of Economics, Ann had a career in
politics and journalism. She was one of the 1st UK Government Special Advisers
and, for a time, a Western Mail columnist. She lives with her husband, Denzil
Davies, in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire; a seaside village in her husband's former
"It is not by chance that Liverpool Football Club has as its anthem the song:-
'You'll Never Walk Alone.' That song is a reflection of a City's sense of
community and Liverpudlians' concern for 1 another. Laughter, compassion, a love
for other human beings and a vibrant cultural life unite the City of Liverpool.
This book is a reflection of that attitude, as I experienced it while growing up
in that very special City, during and soon after the 2nd World War."
Penny Lane And All That by Ann Carlton (£9.99, Y Lolfa) is available now.
Text service reminds
patients of cost of missed appointments
Hospital patients are being told missing a
Hospital appointment costs the NHS £100 each time in new text reminder service.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals have launched the service to help patients get
to their appointments on time.
Text reminders are sent 1 week ahead of an appointment and again 48 hours
before. The text gives the date, time and place of the appointment and a contact
number to call if the patient needs to cancel or rearrange.
Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:- "Text reminders are a
proven method of reducing the number of missed appointments, especially when
they highlight the cost to the NHS. We know there are many reasons why people
cannot attend appointments. All we ask is that patients let us know if they
unable to attend."
Patients unable to attend an appointment should let the Hospital know as soon as
possible so another patient can be given the slot. Appointments can be
rearranged by calling:- 01695 656680.
Mobile telephone numbers will be used by the Trust only. They will not be passed
to other parties. All personal information will be kept in line with the Data
Protection Act and the Department of Health record retention guidance.
Health Unit knits for
STAFF and patients based at Wirral's
NHS Mental Health Unit, Springview, have knitted an astonishing 532 mini hats for
an Age UK charity initiative.
Led by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) Occupational
Therapy Assistant Leah Russell, the Springview team have been knitting since
October to achieve their incredible total. All the hats will be sent to soft
drink giants Innocent, who will in turn donate 25p per item to Age UK as part of
their Big Knit campaign.
Leah said:- "We've had a wonderful response from everyone at Springview in
support of this great cause, and it has given our patients a real increase in
their self esteem. We have also welcomed involvement from community groups based
in libraries and a nearby local café. It has been a great talking point both
around the Hospital and in the community."
Sim Viney, Brand Manager at Innocent, said:- "It's the people behind the
Big Knit that make it such an amazing campaign. Year after year thousands of
people knit us little hats that we sell on our smoothies to help keep older
people warm and well in winter. The team at Springview should be really proud."
Springview is CWP's Mental Health Inpatient Unit, based at Clatterbridge Health
Park, Wirral. It comprises of 2 acute mental health wards for adults of
working age, an older people's mental health ward, an Eating Disorders Ward and
a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.
For more information about CWP visit
Can you help find the next
of kin of Mr McNally?
THE Liverpool Coroner's Office has issued an appeal to
trace the next of kin, of Peter McNally, who was from Bootle. We are told that
he was aged 99 and that he had died at home, on Wednesday, 8 February 2017. It's
believed Mr McNally may have a sister who lives within the Liverpool area.
Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace his next of kin should call:-
0151 777 3481 or send them an
email. We can also confirm that
Merseyside Police have reported to us that there are no suspicious circumstances
surrounding his death.