Letter: Tramcar days.Byline: Ken Fraser Ken Fraser (born 17 February 1940) is a former Australian rules footballer in the (then) Victorian Football League (VFL).
Ken Fraser was an outstanding centre half-forward, Essendon Football Club captain, premiership captain and player, and Victorian representative.
BORN, bred and educated in Liverpool, but for 50 years exiled in Yorkshire, my memory has been inspired by your supplement of February 25 about the Overhead Railway.
My father was a captain on the Clan Line, whose proud boast was that the sun never set on their house flag. This was in the Depression, when cargo fleets scoured the world for freight.
Living in Stoneycroft, I used to walk along Queens Drive to catch an antiquated tramcar through the suburbs, Tuebrook, past the Hippodrome, Erskine Street, past the Walker Art Gallery, down Dale Street and Water Street and under the overhead railway to Pier Head The Pier Head is a riverside location in the city-centre of Liverpool, England.
The Pier Head is the historic location of Liverpool's landing stages and a trio of landmarks, which around 2001/02 were dubbed the 'Three Graces': Royal Liver Building, .
Later, I used to drop off as the tram passed under the overhead, to buy five cigarettes for 3d at a kiosk.
Industrial strife was disrupting commerce. Workers at Cammell Laird's were the militants. Dock workers felt they had every reason to strike.
A casual force had almost to grovel 1. grovel - To work interminably and without apparent progress. Often used transitively with "over" or "through". "The file scavenger has been groveling through the /usr directories for 10 minutes now." Compare grind and crunch. Emphatic form: "grovel obscenely".
2. to get taken on.
The Clan Line had a berth in Vittoria Dock Vittoria Dock is a dock in Birkenhead, Wirral Peninsula, England. It was built between 1905 and 1909 within the Great Float. The Name 'Vittoria'
The dock is named after the Battle of Vittoria, fought on June 21, 1813 and was designed by A.G.Lyster. , Birkenhead, and were involved in the dispute. The then manager, George Peat, issued an ultimation to go back to work or we will cross the Mersey to Liverpool.
This was ignored and Peat moved Clan Line stevedoring to Alexandra Dock.
That warehouse between the Strand and Dock Road, the Goree Piazza, still had evidence of slaves being transhipped to America.
Ken Fraser, North Yorkshire