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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

The 30th anniversary of an act of matricide is TODAY,  22nd April 2011

Today is Good Friday but 30 years ago on this very day Henry Tate’s mother plant, Liverpool Love Lane refinery was closed down. It was a black day, not a good day when those historic links with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries were terminally severed and a “hole” was left in the Vauxhall Community (Sugarland) just north of the City Centre.


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Posted by Ron Noon in on Friday, April 22nd 2011

Christy Byrne has passed away: A lovely and funny man who will be sadly missed

Christy was one of the regulars at the Punch and Judy re-unions, and a famous member of the B or “Barmy shift”. He will be sadly missed and we wish his family and friends our deepest sympathies.


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Posted by Ron Noon in on Thursday, April 21st 2011

Workers plan to stop sugar supply!

That was the newspaper headline exactly 30 years ago today. The refinery workers vote to picket key distribution points was taken on Day 47 of the 90 Day Redundancy Notice Period.(D47 of 90 DRNP.) Just to reinforce this new chronology, the newspaper headline was on D48 of 90 DRNP

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Friday, March 11th 2011

February 2011 is the 10th annniversary of Marie Brenner’s IN THE KINGDOM OF BIG SUGAR.


When Tate & Lyle announced in July 2001 that it was selling off its Domino Sugar refinery operations in Brooklyn New York to an investment group dominated by a Cuban family with extensive cane growing interests in Florida, it hardly registered as a news story outside of the extraordinary world of sugar. Nine years later on July 1st 2010 the announcement from company headquarters, Sugar Quay in London, was that the former Sugar Giant had sold its European sugar operations to American Sugar Refining Inc. Who are the main interests behind ASR? Does that have anything to do with the Fanjuls?

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, February 28th 2011

Another Kayll Road Public Library Blog

There was a good deal of material which I did not manage to upload yesterday because of “problems” outlined in the main text. That included the Hansard account of the Parliamentary debate, but now that I’m sitting in a warm Public Library in Sunderland opposite Sunderland General Hospital and around the corner from my mother in law’s house where we are staying for the weekend, I can upload and blog for as long as Gail allows me.


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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Friday, February 18th 2011

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