Saturday, 29 June 2019

More than just a ferry

Last week, we visited Liverpool - my first visit to the City. We stayed in a hotel near the Albert Docks, an area alongside the Mersey River that has been developed into a tourist attraction for lovers of all things both maritime and Beatles related.


My first excitement was seeing the Liver birds on the Liver Building. There was a 1970s television series called the Liver Birds and so I stood and gazed up at the birds, just like Nerys Hughes had done every week on the telly.
(I discovered from a tour guide that the clocks were made in Leicester - so proud!)

My second excitement happened as we walked through Albert Dock towards the river. A busker was playing Ferry Cross the Mersey and there I was looking at the actual Mersey River. I didn't expect to get emotional but I had to blink back tears. It was a mixture of nostalgia and a kind of raw emotion that only music can invoke - all this and we hadn't yet been to the Beatles Experience museum.

It was clear that the Beatles had to wait. My priority was to go on the ferry across the Mersey, just like Gerry and the Pacemakers had done when they sung about it all those years ago. The ferry is now painted in psychedelic patterns (I'm guessing it was a boring grey in the 70s) and every time it docked they played the tune and every time they played the tune I got all emotional all over again.

So much emotion is exhausting...


but I loved every minute of it...


We went on to visit the Beatles Museum and the Tate North Gallery, the Maritime Museum and we had a tour of the City on an open topped bus, but nothing could beat sitting on that ferry and listening to that tune because it's so much more than just a ferry. It's the soundtrack to my teenage years.



3 comments:

  1. Hi Ros - I've never been to Liverpool ... and one day would love to go. Sounds like you had a delightful visit - see lots, visiting the sites and yes that Ferry On The Mersey - an iconic song ... a great tonic after a really busy, successful year for you - cheers Hilary

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  2. How fun!!! It's funny how music at the site can make one so emotional, but it brings back that whole wave of your life at the time. That trip sounds wonderful. I need to hear about the Beatle museum.

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  3. Oh what fun, Ros! I remember you writing a post about going to a Beatles concert some time ago. How lovely to go to Liverpool and see those wonderful reminders of the great sixties Mersey bands. I loved Ferry Cross the Mersey too!

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