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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

“Save Our Sugar” and Hillside Secondary School


Here’s a great new video for our website, as fresh and vital now as it was when filmed during the specialist Sugar Week held at Hillside School back in September 2009…

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Posted by Warren in Sucrose blogs from Hillside High School on Thursday, February 17th 2011

The debate in the House of Commons over the closure of Love Lane 30 years ago TONIGHT

In the last blog we found out that the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher did not do delegations, especially those from the Congress of Merseyside. What were the responses back home in Liverpool to such a snub? What would be the social and economic costs of eliminating a prominent Liverpool landmark?

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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Thursday, February 17th 2011

Maggie snub for Mr Cube team

Exactly thirty years ago today, Margaret Thatcher snubbed a delegation of civic and religious leaders from Liverpool.  Why? The Lady was not for turning and certainly not interested in meeting delegations from Liverpool!


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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Thursday, February 10th 2011

30 years ago TODAY, 90 day Redundancy Notices were served on Love Lane Refinery workers

“The loss of 2000 jobs near the city centre would be more than the end of a business enterprise - it would obliterate a community.”  They were the words used by Michael Otterson in the Liverpool Daily Post Business section on July 8th 1976. Four and a half years later on January 22nd 1981 Tate & Lyle issued 90 day redundancy notices to the surviving 1500 workers. A Sugar Giant made on Merseyside by Henry Tate, Britain’s late 19th century Rockefeller, was to be junked on April 22nd
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Posted by Ron Noon in on Saturday, January 22nd 2011

Time for a Blue Plaque for Tate Liverpool!


On Friday 26th November 2010 The Liverpool Echo contained this report: “TATE & LYLE is to end its 150-year presence in Liverpool after agreeing to sell its molasses operation. Northern Ireland-based grain trader W & R Barnett will pay £67m for the business, in a deal which will see the 50 employees based at Regent Road, Bootle, and Birkenhead’s North Alfred Dock transfer over.” I asked myself what will there be left to “commemorate” Tate’s Grieving of Liverpool and the answer was/is obvious! We may need the help of the Liverpool Pilot to achieve an ambitious but achievable goal for 2011

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, December 06th 2010

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