Liverpool statues and St Patrick’s Day revelry

lovely Liverpool

We’ve been out to Liverpool today to meet  a person I never met before.  She is a relative of mine and we found each other on Genesreunited.  It was great to meet and pool together what we had found out about our family tree.

St Patrick was celebrated greatly in Liverpool

The weather wasn’t bad at all in Liverpool and the people were out in party mode to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.  Liverpool is such a wonderful vibrant place.  Like most ports it has its history –  like the slave trade.  There is a wonderful slavery museum there which gives a very clear and graphic insight into this trade.  Confronting one’s past is not always a pleasant experience and the museum does not dress up or play down the pain that was suffered.  If you get the chance, I urge you to go.

international-slavery-museum

A few pictures which we took today.  As you can see there is a statue to Billy Fury (a fellow Liverpudlian). 

Billy outlined against a Liverpool skyline

Billy Fury detail

 The other two statues by Tom Murphy celebrate Ken Dodd, complete with tickling stick!  Also motormouth herself  Battling Bessie Braddock, who made herself heard in the house of commons and got the lion stamp put on our eggs. 

KEN DODD AND BESSIE BRADDOCK

The labour politician was always getting into trouble and wasn’t afraid to let herself be heard.  One famous exchange involved her and Sir Winston Churchill:-

Braddock: “Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.”

Churchill: “Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”

What a gent eh….

Bessie Braddock info here

Who was Billy Fury? here

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