We’ll get to the Choir later, but my day out begins up on the Flyover. All summer the Friends of the Flyover next to the Mersey Tunnel have been taking it over for a series of Sunday events. Aimed at getting all of our opinions on a future where the Flyover is less regularly used by cars and more regularly for all sorts of interesting events.
The next and last event of this year is on Sunday 25th September ‘Light, Space & Technology takeover, with installations, film and music’ and it’ll continue into the dark hours.
When I was a trade union delegate on the District Labour Party and the Trades Council in the early 1980s much of the actual business of each would take place in here before the meetings!
Many people didn’t like that when it was built either. They were all wrong.
Apparently it can carry 3,600 passengers. Or more to the point, deliver 3,600 people to put their money into our Liverpool economy. Welcome all!
I’ve come down here because there’s a new Folk Festival on all of this Bank Holiday weekend.
Named in honour of our much loved broadcaster and harpist who died recently.
I’ve seen them before and really liked them. They’re a choir made up of people who’ve been homeless or as they say themselves ‘other men and women from the very edges of our society’ – plus a few volunteer helpers.
One of these spots me. A friend Janet who I used to work with at Liverpool Housing Trust twenty years ago, but who I’ve not seen for many years. We catch up on our various adventures and Janet introduces me to her family, before it’s time for her and the rest of the choir to go on stage.
In fact it’s Mersey Wylie, last seen on here at the Liverpool International Music Festival a few weeks back.
Pop songs, folk songs and even one they wrote themselves called ‘I am a survivor.’
Well done you Choir With No Name! If you want to join or help here are the contact details. As well as the Liverpool choir there are others in Birmingham and North and South London. The Liverpool choir rehearses at 7:00 every Wednesday at the Bluecoat on School Lane.
The festival’s on again all day Bank Holiday Monday if you fancy it?
Next, walking through Liverpool One on my way home who do I find?
Of course it is, it’s a Choir With No Name kind of day.
A day of music, friendship and joy in my Liverpool home.