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


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Many thanks for the links to the pictures, it really brought back some memories. The picture of the packing department brought back many happy times, as did the steam train. I might be old but I’m not that old. I do remember the steam trains on the way to the steel works in Shotton. And where the entrance to the road tunnel is in Wallasey, my nan’s house backed on to the then shunting yard before they starting building the tunnel. Did they not find molasses leaking into the new tunnel some time back ?. Bibby’s Oil would complain when Tate’s use to take too much water from the underground lake that Tate’s stood on. I do remember working on the multi-stage pump that they used. My dad used to say to stay away from Scotty Road when ever Liverpool or Everton where playing at home as the visiting fans would be looking for a fight.

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