Love Lane Lives

The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

The Girls & Boys from the Whitestuff

The Blue Turban Ladies of the Tate closure protests

"The remarkable thing about this project was not just sugar, an extraordinary but much taken for granted commodity but the extraordinary lives of ordinary refinery workers... This project has lots of historical curiosity value but it has wider ramifications for ongoing debates on the politics of food and globalization. It's also a vital record of the people who struggled against a major multinational to protect not just their own livelihoods but a whole community."

Ron Noon


NEW! - you can now leave messages on the site. See the guestbook. Our latest message...

A Happy Christmas to all the surviving boys and girls from the whitestuff, their family and friends who support and nurture our Love Lane Lives website. A Happy Christmas to everyone who reads this blog because this project has been my pride and joy and I would never have anticipated back in early 2015 that anything could interrupt what was evolving as a vibrant and confident confirmation of our project to ensure that LOVE LANE LIVES would decidedly live on.

We were/are good at what we do! And I promise that we will continue to do precisely that in the New Year. Already the two Mikes, one from New Zealand and one from the Wirral have been in touch. Their previous contributions and support has been excellent and I’m frustrated that there is a problem getting MESSAGES online and I need to get that sorted out ASP.

I want to talk about our Albert as his loss this year has left a big hole in my life. For so many of you guys who knew him long before me (Albert initially called me Bamber!) that’s an understatement of your lived experiences with him in and outside of the refinery.. Happy Christmas everyone and happy and HEALTHY New year. LOVE LANE LIVES ON.