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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Patrick Branigan

We lost Pat (Paddy) Branigan in August of 2008 and the star man (once a wonderful footballer with the Crystal Club) is sadly missed by his lovely family and and by all of   our sugar gang who meet up every month in the PUNCH & JUDY by Lime Street Station. Our love and memories of this wonderful “sweetfighter” live on as does his great contribution to the film.

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That’s Pat in between Ron on the left and Tony on the right.

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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Wednesday, December 31st 2008

Liverpool, the Bajan sugar Revolution and the era of the Sugar Standard

Sugar and Slaves transformed Liverpool from a sleepy insignificant fishing village, eclipsed by Chester for over four hundred years but the real “revolution” took place in Barbados! How many people know that and how many would use the word “revolutionary” to describe such a simple taken for granted everyday commodity?

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, December 29th 2008

Sucrose is still made of blood

Boxing Day 08 and I have a little birro time to put a file on my blog from the summer of 2007. This story relates to the amazing fact that the “tiger in the engine of flex-fuel cars” in Brazil derives from “energy cane”, which produces “ethanol” more effectively than America can ever produce BIOFUEL from MAIZE. Tragically however it is produced in some “out of sight, out of mind parts of Brazil” under “slave like conditions of production”!

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Posted by Ron Noon in on Friday, December 26th 2008

A bitter sweet Christmas Story from the last millennium

Once upon a time the former boys and girls from the whitestuff met up in the Britannia Adelphi Hotel, initially every year after closure in ‘81 and then every two years, to celebrate the company financed Christmas party. In 1999 the company “because of the need to continually review and reduce costs” ended the “biennial Xmas Party” and it was this seemingly TERMINAL decision that really motivated a new “campaigning chapter” in my sugar researches. This “story” was written on December 20th 1999

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Posted by Ron Noon in On The Lane on Monday, December 22nd 2008

More pictures and interviews for 09 as well as a controversial conclusion about closure.

It’s the last shopping weekend before Christmas and before the trip into town I thought I’d emphasise what is still missing from our website. The film is here but there are so many other people that we want to interview whose “lived experiences” and views of working for Tates and what closure meant to them will be at variance to “conclusions” that I may have reached in my research. It takes time to build a new site up but the priority in 09 will be for more pictures and memorabilia as well as more recorded interviews on film.
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Posted by Ron Noon in on Saturday, December 20th 2008

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