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Love Lane Lives - the boys & girls from the whitestuff

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

RIP Tony Benn

Like many other people from one of his favourite cities I admired and respected Tony Benn. He was much more than a great left wing Labour movement orator and helped and supported many causes in the pursuit of social justice and world peace. One of the lesser known causes he involved himself in were efforts to secure one final reunion bash for the Liverpool Love Lane pensioners in 2006. Read on!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, March 17th 2014

26th September 1953: Sugar Rationing comes to an end at 12 Midnight!

How would you have got by on 8oz of sugar a week? That’s what the measure was before de-rationing on 26/09/1953 7 months after the Stanley Matthews Cup Final! Should it be rationed again on Health Grounds?

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Thursday, September 26th 2013

A re-released Bitter Sweet “Golden Oldie” from June 2001

Serendipitously I’ve come across an essay which relates directly to the “twitters” I’ve twittered over here on holiday in NYC! In 2001 I was working for and with a friend and former student, Michael J Boyle, who had set up a very successful Liverpool Black Roots course at Liverpool University, attracting many African-American students for its 3 week duration. He bought me in as the SUGARMAN!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, May 20th 2013

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

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