Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Cavern Liverpool


IMG_3771Another lovely day in Liverpool although it did cloud over for a bit late morning . The picture above is of Salthouse docks and you can just about make out Inca on her mooring in the far corner to the right of the giant Swans.

IMG_3776We had this film crew turn up behind our mooring and they were filming in front of Albert docks . We didn’t recognise any stars although someone did say that they were filming Peaky Blinders.

IMG_3781When in Liverpool there’s one place you have to visit and that’s The Cavern which of course is where The Beatles started out back in the early 60s.

IMG_3783It’s surprising how far under ground it is as we had to go down several flights of stairs.

IMG_3792Once there you can soak up the atmosphere with all the old Beatles memorobilia on display and every brick you can see has a name or message on it.

IMG_3785This guy was very good . He was called Tom and he did a couple of sets and even took requests.

IMG_3795Carolyn sat next to an original poster from The Cavern back in 1961.

IMG_3796Carolyn just hanging around outside.

Now for the disappointment……… We got back to Inca after a good day out and said to a fellow boater that we had been to the Cavern . He then said “you might have but not to the original one”.

The original Cavern Club opened on Wednesday, 16 January 1957 as a jazz club, later becoming a centre of the rock and roll scene in Liverpool in the 1960s. The Beatles played in the club in their early years.The original Cavern club closed in March 1973 and was filled in during construction work on the Merseyrail underground rail loop. Focus were the last band to play the original Cavern a few days before the club was shut down.The Cavern Club re-opened on 26 April 1984 and was rebuilt using many of the original bricks, to the original plans.

In April 1984, the club was taken over by Liverpool F.C. player Tommy Smith in association with Royal Life. It was re-built with many of the original bricks .The new design was to resemble the original as closely as possible. This was a difficult period of massive economic and political change in and around Liverpool and the club only survived until 1989, when it came under financial pressures and closed for 18 months.In 1991, two friends—schoolteacher Bill Heckle and taxi driver Dave Jones—reopened The Cavern. They still run the club today and are now the longest-running owners in its history. Anyway at the end of the day we enjoyed our visit and would recommend it to anyone else.

IMG_3799Carolyn made a point of walking back through L1 which is a massive shopping complex in Liverpool. I made a point of passing this store at a good pace. With this being one of the best shopping centres in the country . Needless to say Carolyn is in retail Heaven .

Liverpool ONE has significantly boosted the local economy as well as lifted Liverpool into the top five most popular retail destinations in the UK.  Also as well Liverpool ONE is the largest open air shopping centre in the United Kingdom and the 5th largest overall. Each store was created by a different architect, thereby leading to quite stark differences between some buildings, and this is one way in which Liverpool ONE differentiates itself from other shopping centres.

The majority of the development was opened in phases on 29 May 2008 and 1 October 2008, during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, whilst the final residential units opened in early 2009.The cost of construction associated with the project was £500 million, with a total investment value of £920 million.

Tomorrow we have a couple of museums we want to visit , but on the condition that there’s plenty of time for Carolyn to visit Liverpool One.

                                                                                                      Happy Days

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