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Echos of the past.

one year ago... BIRKENHEAD Park, the first publicly funded park in Britain, reopened in 2007, was named one of the world's top 10 parks by The Guardian. A vibrant crowd took to the Pier Head, with Liverpool Loves Ireland hosting some of the biggests acts in Irish music, including riverdances and more. Liverpool personality, Herbert Howe, celebrity hairdresser, above, donated some of his flamboyant wardrobe to Barnardo's children's charity, Bold Street store, both modelling and manning the tills.

FIVE years ago... THE Liverpool head office of the former Royal Liver Group closed as 220 office staff were told they would lose their jobs or be moved to Cheshire. The Pier Head was brought to life with a rainbow of colours, above, as more than 35,000 celebrated Liverpool's Pride festival. Real ale pub, The Ship Inn, in Rainhill, was named as a Pub of Excellence by CAMRA. Landlord Ian Pigeon said: "Being recognised by CAMRA is a wonderful feeling."

25 years ago... BIRDS of a Feather stars Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson - along with Clive James - will spearhead BBC1's PS78m challenge to ITV this autumn, above.

They will team up with Russ Abbot, Anneka Rice, Noel Edmonds and the stars of a new classic costume drama on Saturday nights in a bid to put the BBC back on top of the weekend audience ratings. James quit his Sunday night slot on BBC2 to switch channels for Saturday Night Clive, while Birds of a Feather also moves to Saturday evenings for a third series.

50 years ago...

A BIG new colour television tube factory is to be set up in Skelmersdale by the Radio Corporation of America and Radio Rentals Ltd, right.

The two companies hope to start production in the middle of next year. The factory will produce for the British market and for export. They forecast that the price of a colour TV set in Britain would be about PS200 to PS225 and the rent of a set would be about 35s a week - 5s a day. The new factory's production line will include at first 25in and 19in colour tubes.

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This youngster enjoyed a candy floss at Toxteth's Roadside Resort scheme, which brought a taste of the seaside to some of Liverpool's poorest areas, in the long hot summer of 1976

David Smith soaked up the sunshine at the Pier Head, as temperatures rose in 2012

New Brighton's Pier and beach were packed with holidaymakers, in August, 1950, with Liverpool's docks in the background

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2016
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