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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

Love Lane’s Memory Lane

Mike Greenall started his sugar industry apprenticeship as a 16 year old in the month that the Beatles “stormed” Shea Stadium, the legendary home of the New York Mets. He wrote to me last week and kindly attached “a couple of souvenirs of the Yellows House” a timely reminder of the arts of the sugar boiler like our own Bobby Austin and of the vitally important experiences and memories of PROCESS apprentices like Mike.
OK that’s the Lane above, but what are the two instruments below used for?


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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Friday, November 26th 2010

Our film was shown at the Tate three years ago LAST NIGHT, but BIG SUGAR loves TONIGHT best!

“Historian Ron Noon’s decade-long obsession with the Liverpool sugar industry led to the making of the film Love Lane Lives: The Boys and Girls from the White-stuff, which is to be screened tonight at the Tate.” That was Vicky Anderson’s take on my “sugarcentricity” in an essay she wrote in the Liverpool Daily Post on October 30th 2007. All the hard work and effort that Leon Seth, Maggie Skilling and I had invested in the project, culminated in a great night three years ago last night! TONIGHT as I write these words I am keenly aware of other more taken for granted anniversaries and the fact that HALLOWEEN in the twenty first century has become in North American a $4 billion sugar festival which in the words of another film maker, Brian McKenna, has made tonight “a marketing dream for the sugar industry”.



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Posted by Ron Noon in on Sunday, October 31st 2010

Molasses, United Molasses and RUMBULLION!

Viewing MWWs pictures of United Molasses lorries I was reminded of a side to the sugar story that has hardly been touched on in my blogs. When Tates sold the bulk of its historic sugar business to the American Refining Company dominated by the Palm Beach based SUGAR BARONS Alfy and Pepi Fanjul, it also stated that it was looking to sell its remaining sugar business in Vietnam and its molasses unit in Britain by the end of this year. That will completely cut its links with the sugar industry and the famous byproduct which was the basis for the fermentation of RUM!


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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, October 04th 2010

Pictures of Jim’s special day


After the frustration of trying to scale down the size of that wonderful picture of Jim in front of his FODEN in the early hours of Friday the 10th of September, I went along at 1pm to Jim’s 100th birthday party celebrations at the Queens pub on Queens Drive. What a magical afternoon it turned out to be and the first picture you will see when you CLICK below is of a very dignified and important visitor who went out of her way to join in the party festivities and “rattle her jewels”!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Monday, September 13th 2010

The legendary Jim Smith


When you click onto READ in the blog section you will see a wonderful photograph of a young Jim Smith with his FODEN lorry. But how can this guy be 100 YEARS OF AGE when he looks so young?Let’s face it, Jim is still appearing in films about the boys and girls from the Whitestuff. Whatever my web site designer is doing he’s not giving me REAL TIME because I’m writing this at 20 past 1 on the 10th of September 2010, Jim’s Actual birthday


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Posted by Ron Noon in on Thursday, September 09th 2010

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