Love Lane Lives

The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

The Girls & Boys from the Whitestuff

The Blue Turban Ladies of the Tate closure protests

"The remarkable thing about this project was not just sugar, an extraordinary but much taken for granted commodity but the extraordinary lives of ordinary refinery workers... This project has lots of historical curiosity value but it has wider ramifications for ongoing debates on the politics of food and globalization. It's also a vital record of the people who struggled against a major multinational to protect not just their own livelihoods but a whole community."

Ron Noon


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Dave, I thought I had the right person, you might not remember my name but I was the tall, thin, second year Process Apprentice who took you and a few others on a “World Tour” of the refinery when you started there forty eight? years ago.

After finishing my time I worked in the Lab for a while, then in 1972 I went on the Pans, initially on B Shift, but I transferred to C Shift when Tommy Hepworth (Shift Foreman) asked me to.

I did quite a bit of relieving on the Yellows and Recovery, finishing up as the Yellows Pansman for the last year or so of the refinery.

I don’t remember the names of many on the Engineering side but I do remember Cyril Watson, he was responsible for servicing the Yellows and Recovery air pumps. He always informed the Pansman on duty as to what he was doing and which pump/s he wanted to work on.

After the refinery closed I worked at a lead processing factory in Bootle then in 1990 I joined the Prison Service, working at a prison in Staffs and retiring in 2008.(Aged 60).

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