The One-Eyed City

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Birkenhead Town Hall, which is now a museum.

Ihave lived in Birkenhead all my life and have heard it called the “One-Eyed City” more times than I can remember; but I have never known why. I have asked people in the past and been told a multitude of reasons but none of them really ring true. If you are in Liverpool and look over the water towards Birkenhead, you can only see one face of the Town Hall clock so Scousers started calling it the one-eyed city. The old Birkenhead Trams only had one headlight on the front was another reason given. I have also heard so many jokes about it but have never been given a definitive answer.

Feeding Birkenhead

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With Christmas now almost here, it is sad to hear that many people who live in our home town of Birkenhead are having to rely on food hand-outs over the festive period. Luckily, a new scheme is starting a fight-back hopefully with the aim of wiping out hunger from our town. The “Feeding Birkenhead” scheme is the result of a national parliamentary inquiry into hunger and Birkenhead MP Frank Field is starting the scheme by bringing together local churches, charities and schools as part of the campaign.

The Bear’s Local History #7

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Each Day, Razzi and I drive around Birkenhead and Liverpool as part of our job and pass some of the most spectacular buildings, sights, ships in the world – you name it, we see it. Indeed, both Liverpool and Birkenhead have a long and colourful history stretching back many centuries. So from time to time, when the mood takes us or if we have seen something worth a mention, we highlight some of the things we see around Liverpool and Birkenhead…

The Bear’s Local History #6

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Each Day, Razzi and I drive around Birkenhead and Liverpool as part of our job and pass some of the most spectacular buildings, sights, ships in the world – you name it, we see it. Indeed, both Liverpool and Birkenhead have a long and colourful history stretching back many centuries. So from time to time, when the mood takes us or if we have seen something worth a mention, we highlight some of the things we see around Liverpool and Birkenhead…

Final Curtain For Pacific Road

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We are all disappointed today at the news the Pacific Road Theatre is set to close. Wirral Council has announced that the theatre has bookings up until the end of this year but they will not be booking anymore. The Theatre and adjoining Transport Museum and Tramway were put up for sale earlier this year but no suitable operators have been found.

Mindless Thugs!

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The Bears have been shocked by the mindless thugs who have been out rioting and looting around the country. What started out as a demonstration against the shooting of a man by the police in London has grown into mindless violence and thuggery. The youths on the streets who are attacking people and damaging private property are not doing it to demonstrate against the police or the lack of employment, they are doing it to loot and get something for nothing – it is as simple as that!

The Bear’s Local History #3

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Wallasey Pool was a natural tidal inlet of water that separated the towns of Wallasey and Birkenhead on the Wirral. Originally flowing directly into the River Mersey, it was converted into the sophisticated Birkenhead Dock system from the 1820s onwards by land reclamation, with the main portion of the pool becoming known as the Great Float. In 1933, with the exception of a small lake, the head of Wallasey Pool at Poulton was converted into Bidston Dock.