Love Lane Lives

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

The Love Lane Lives Weblog

JIM SMITH 1911-2013 RIP

Jim Smith one of the film stars on our site’s story of the Boys and Girls from the Whitestuff has passed away. He was 102 years of life.


That’s ar Jim with his Tate & Lyle lorry full of sacks of sugar.

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Saturday, March 09th 2013

JANUARY 22ND 1981: 90 day REDUNDANCY NOTICES for Love Lane Refinery Workers

Earlier blogs document the drama of those redundancy notices but by January 22nd 2006 Tate & Lyle was itself issued with a 90 day notice! What would its responses be?

Big Tony at P&J

Tommy, Tony, Pat & Albert in happier days in Punch & Judy sorting out the Littlewoods Pools syndicate!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

1999 & The Last Tango on Lime Street.

The Tates without a Tate or a Lyle were so tight that Christmas only came around every two years! The biennial Xmas party was scrapped on the threshold of a new millennium and the “associational needs” of the boys and girls from the whitestuff were junked by an MNC that obviously had no sympathies or loyalties to Liverpool LOVE LANE!

December 4th 2012 and 99

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, December 03rd 2012

George’s last ride and Love Lane Lives

It was supremely ironic that the closing scene in the last episode of Alan Bleasdale’s magisterially bleak Boys from the Blackstuff, (‘George’s last ride’), shown on BBC, November 7th 1982, was filmed on the day when Love Lane refinery was being bulldozed to the ground. The award winning series with an ensemble cast put together by the Scouse Dickens, highlighted the sheer waste, futility and demoralisation of being without work in Thatcher’s Britain. THAT’S 30 YEARS AGO TONIGHT!

Chrissie and George

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Wednesday, November 07th 2012

Happy 90th birthday Albert! There’s only one Albert Tod Sloane…

On Bommie Night 1922 Albert E Sloane was born! Surely he’s the greatest sweet fighter of all time.

Albert on fire

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, November 05th 2012

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