A Choir With No Name kind of day

The Choir With No Name.

The Choir With No Name.

We’ll get to the Choir later, but my day out begins up on the Flyover.DSC05561 DSC05562 DSC05565 DSC05567 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.

Peloton are here, fixing bikes.

Peloton are here, fixing bikes.

A great social enterprise run by a friend, Dan Robinson.

A great social enterprise run by a friend, Dan Robinson, on the right here.

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I like being up here just to see views of the city you wouldn't normally get to see.

I like being up here just to see views of the city you wouldn’t normally get to see.

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And there's always something unusual going on at these events.

And there’s always something unusual going on at these events.

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Friends of the Flyover.

Friends of the Flyover.

A poem.

A poem.

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.

Next I'm off along Dale Street.

Next I’m off along Dale Street.

Past the sadly lamented PRS Electronics.

Past the sadly lamented PRS Electronics.

And the valuably still here Thomas & Nelson.

And the valuably still here Thomas & Nelson.

The The Vernon.

Then The Vernon.

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!

A resplendence of domes.

A resplendence of domes.

Ancient lane next to Rigby's pub.

Ancient lane next to Rigby’s pub.

I bet everyone hated that when it was first built. I really like it.

I bet everyone hated that when it was first built. I really like it.

This though is very special.

This though is very special.

Peter Ellis's gorgeous Oriel Chambers.

Peter Ellis’s gorgeous Oriel Chambers.

Many people didn’t like that when it was built either. They were all wrong.

Closer to the river.

Closer to the river.

Ma Boyle's has been done up. And I'm told it's splendid.

Ma Boyle’s has been done up. And I’m told it’s splendid.

Look at that thing next to the Liver Building?

Look at that thing next to the Liver Building?

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Yes it's a cruise ship.

Yes it’s a cruise ship.

The Caribbean Princess.

The Caribbean Princess.

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.

Arriving just in time for a heartfelt Alasdair Roberts.

Arriving just in time for a heartfelt Alasdair Roberts.

Then round to the other stages.

Then round to the other stages.

The Stan Ambrose Stage.

The Stan Ambrose Stage.

Named in honour of our much loved broadcaster and harpist who died recently.

A couple of different choirs on the stage.

A couple of different choirs on the stage.

Then I spot The Choir With No Name.

Then I spot The Choir With No Name.

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.

The Choir With No Name.

The Choir With No Name.

A joyous sound.

A joyous sound.

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With a dancing conductor!

With a dancing conductor!

In fact it’s Mersey Wylie, last seen on here at the Liverpool International Music Festival a few weeks back.

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Pop songs, folk songs and even one they wrote themselves called ‘I am a survivor.’

My friend Janet at the centre there.

My friend Janet at the centre there.

Seriously good singing on 'Sweet dreams are made of this'

Seriously good singing on ‘Sweet dreams are made of this’

Brilliant piano on Abba and Queen songs.

Brilliant piano on Abba and Queen songs.

'We are the champions'

‘We are the champions’

Champions all.

Champions all.

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.

Next it's sea shanties from a boat inside the Albert Dock.

Next it’s sea shanties from a boat inside the Albert Dock.

Plus the obligatory 'In my Liverpool home'

Plus the obligatory ‘In my Liverpool home’

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?

It's the piano player from 'The Choir With No Name' again!

It’s the piano player from ‘The Choir With No Name’ again!

Of course it is, it’s a Choir With No Name kind of day.

Then I walk home.

Then I walk home.

Through Princes Park.

Through Princes Park.

And Sefton Park.

And Sefton Park.

A day of music, friendship and joy in my Liverpool home.

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