Alittle while ago, Razzi and I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie Wright, the last man still living in Ilchester Road. With his Union Flag fluttering at full mast in the breeze outside his house, Charlie lives in the last house standing on the River Street Estate where more than six hundred houses used to stand. He epitomises the Olde World concept that became enshrined in law; an Englishman’s home is his castle. As Charlie surveys the barren landscape in front of his house that was a once thriving community near the Birkenhead docks, home to thousands of workers and families that made up the manufacturing and shipbuilding industries.
Wirral Council have been told to do one by Central Government if they expect any government money to help clean up after the New Ferry explosion. The government will not provide funds to help people affected by the explosion on Merseyside either, officials have said. Two people were seriously hurt, 31 injured and many buildings destroyed in the blast in New Ferry, Wirral. The cost of recovering from an incident of this “size and impact” should be covered by “local resources”, the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse said in a letter to Wirral Council.
When you drive along the waterfront in Liverpool you can’t help but be amaze at the architecture. There is a vast array of old classical buildings along with the modern buildings that have been added over the past decade. Now a newly-opened show at the National Architecture Centre in the city is to display designs for Liverpool that were never built. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) centre is housed in the Broadway Malyan-designed Mann Island on the waterfront RIBA North has a gallery “at its heart”, showing the city’s architectural past, present and future. Mayor Joe Anderson says it will bring “new tools and innovations”.
The peace and quiet of Jammy Toast was blasted to smithereens last night following what is believed to have been a gas explosion. One of the victims of the explosion is still in a critical condition in hospital while Merseyside Police have confirmed that two people with serious injuries are continuing to be treated at Hospital. The second victim is described at in a “serious but stable” condition. The victim in a critical condition is believed to be a man who is being treated at the Walton Neurology Centre, according to reports locally. The “huge” explosion, which happened just after 9pm last night destroyed a dance studio and damaged several other buildings around Boundary Lane in New Ferry.
Jammy Toast favourite Ricky Tomlinson, who played Jim Royle in the Royle Family, has claimed late Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley worked for the security services. Ricky made the bombshell claims after relaunching a pub in Chester where, back in 1972, he helped organise the first national building workers’ strike. Ricky, a former plasterer, and one of the so-called Shrewsbury pickets later faced a trial which saw him jailed. He now fronts an ongoing campaign to clear their names as alleged victims of a political conspiracy.
Here at Jammy Toast, we have just learned of the death last year of a true great Liverpool comedian, Mickey Finn. He died last March at the age of 69. Mickey, who was originally from the Scotland Road area and lived in Litherland, died in St Joseph’s Hospice, in Thornton, near Crosby. Mickey, who was born Joseph Flannery, fell ill in November 2015 while appearing in Stan Boardman’s play Medals. He spent months in hospital after suffering blood poisoning and complications arising from existing heart problems.
Anew ferry boat could be sailing across the Mersey and the future of Woodside terminal looks secure under new plans revealed yesterday. Merseytravel is appointing a naval architect to design the new vessel. The designer will work with the public transport organisation and other groups to decide how the ferry will look and advise on how much it will cost subject to formal approval of the scheme.