A Sunday Walk reminding me of two things I’ve loved from early in my life. From 1963 onwards saving up my pocket money for singles by the Beatles, the Searchers, the Crystals and the Ronettes. Then coming home and playing football in streets still largely without cars. Golden days.
But before that there are some records to buy.
Just noticed the position of that leaf. Wasn’t viewing myself as some sort of classical statue!
For the two and more years since LPs re-entered my life this has been a regular place for me to come every 6 weeks or so and enjoy the ancient habit my hands never did forget of flicking through records.
Probably all of the stalls in here have had my custom over this time. But this one is persistently the highest quality and has the most varied selection. 1940 jazz and blues, Peggy Lee in original mono, pink label Island samplers? Adrian’s got them.
And today’s haul? Mild by my usual standards, sorry Adrian.
It’s rained heavily while I’ve been mooching through the records.
In the week I’d got this from my good friend Ed Gommon – a friend of Granby and all things co-operative and intelligently ecological, and one of the organisers of what we’re about to see.And it’s great.
So Ullet Road won’t be closed for much longer. Making this afternoon all the more precious.
When they’d finished and were packing away I contributed a little music of my own. From the records I’d just bought from Adrian.
Only a tiny speaker so I won’t pretend it set the road dancing. But it’s the principle of the thing. People count for more than cars and it’s more than a good thing to clear space for ourselves now and then and reclaim our streets.
But these are the days we remember and will want again, remembering the day we closed off the road and had a party in the street.
Buying records and playing in the street.
Ullet Road Street Party organised by a collection of residents and friends inspired by the Traffic Free Sunday campaign and Compass Liverpool, supported by the Ullet Road Eco Offices.