Love Lane Lives

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

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All the hard work and effort that Leon Seth, Maggie Skilling and I had invested in the Love Lane Lives project, culminated in a great event five years ago TONIGHT! Tuesday the 30th of October was the premiere showing of our film LOVE LANE LIVES.

invite to Tate 30/10/2007

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Tuesday, October 30th 2012

The death of Saxon Tate & one of the last of the Tates to serve an apprenticeship in Love Lane

Mike from New Zealand, one of our regular contributors has posted an obituary published today on Saxon Tate who started down the Lane in 1952 under the watchful eye of Albert E Sloane!

Saxon Tate in Birkenhead

Saxon Tate unveiling the blue plaque on Henry Tate’s Birkenhead grocery store.

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Tuesday, October 02nd 2012

Giants and the leaving of Liverpool

Everyone familiar with Love Lane Lives know that on April 22nd 1981 the Sugar Giant made on Merseyside by former Chorley grocer, Henry Tate, closed down Liverpool Love Lane. The leaving and grieving of Liverpool belied the romantically named refinery but who could have imagined that exactly 31 years to the day, tens of thousands of visitors to our city would lament the departure of a little girl Giant, who over this past weekend has romantically reconnected to a port viewed as “the hub of creativity, with passionate friendly people, and rich in maritime heritage and beautiful architecture”?

Little girl giant

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Sunday, April 22nd 2012

East End London Sugar Girls and North End Liverpool Sugar Girls!

As an intrepid sugar buster I’m off down to London today to attend an event at the Bishopsgate Institute in association with the Raphael Samuel History Centre, that is focused around the imminent launch of an exciting book about the Sugar Girls of the East end of London.  East End London Sugar Girls may soon be as big as CALL THE MIDWIFE!  What about Liverpool’s own North End Sugar Girls?

Back cover of book

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, March 19th 2012

Barny Murray and friends in the New Holt pub just before Christmas 2011

I was with Barny, Joey Mcgovern, Mike Boyle, Big “Tone” and the inimitable Albert E Sloane for a boys from the whitestuff get together and I took some smashing photographs of that night. He and Bobby Austin, the best sugar boiler in the business, will be sorely missed.

barny and the lads

From Left to Right, Mike, Joey, Barny, Big Tone, Albert

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Saturday, January 07th 2012

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