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Lost Tribes; The People's Memories.

Byline: with Ken Rogers

WE ALL know - according to John Lennon and Paul McCartney - that in Penny Lane there was a barber selling photographs, and in his pocket was a portrait of the Queen!

Now the real story of Penny Lane is unfolding. The Penny Lane Local History Group is organising a series of sessions, delivered by local author and Beatles expert Kevin Roach.

The sessions are not just related to the famous links between the Fab Four and one of their most iconic hits. Kevin is also an expert on local history and his talks cover the story of Penny Lane from 1845, the year the street name first appeared on a map.

Penny Lane is arguably the most famous lane in the world, thanks to the 1967 double A-side smash hit single.

The Penny Lane Timeline Course has already completed two of its four sessions, but anyone interested can still attend this Wednesday and the following Wednesday at 70 Penny Lane (3pm to 4pm). The cost for each session is PS5. At the end of the project, the research is to be compiled into a book. All proceeds from the book will enable the Penny Lane Development Trust to keep its doors open forever.

It is well documented that Lennon and McCartney would meet up with the other band members at the Penny Lane and Smithdown Road bus terminus.

Of course, there is more to Penny Lane than its Beatles link.

Some people say that Penny Lane was named after Liverpool ship owner and 18th century slave trader James Penny. The Penny Lane group challenges this assumption, explaining that James Penny is not mentioned in the early history at all.

The Liverpool Schools Football Association had its famous headquarters in Penny Lane for many years, being the home of the Liverpool Boys' team.

Many Merseyside greats subsequently played there and 17 have amassed a total of 253 full international caps. These include current stars like Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, with other notable names including Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler.

The people of Penny Lane have great pride in this great football heritage and many former players still come to Penny Lane each year to see those famous fields.

There are Penny Lane street signs in yards and gardens all over the country, souvenir hunters taking them regularly until the council installed theft resistant versions in 2007.

Penny Lane is a very unassuming little place, yet it is steeped in culture and history. Penny Lane Development Trust secured the land for its headquarters from Liverpool City Council on a 99-year lease.

It is now established as a small community centre in the heart of the suburbs working with local people while welcoming the tourists who visit each year.

Why not contribute to this great project? For further information, telephone Julie Gornell on 0151 733 7245.

. ? Send your street memories to: Ken Rogers, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 12, 2014
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