Walk the Plank used to run the first touring theatre ship; and I spent fifteen summers touring the ports and harbours of Britain and Ireland. For that reason, this artwork by Peter Blake on a Mersey ferry has made me nostalgic. It has nothing to do with Ukraine; but this time a year ago was the Lantern Procession with Young Learners at the British Council when 100 young people carried lanterns they had made through Kyiv…so nostalgia is a bit of a motif this week. I will try to find and post a link to the video which captured the event.
One Saturday morning some time in the mid-1980s, when home-grown art works and photographs were displayed for sale on the railings outside the Bluecoat Arts Centre, I bought this moody photo, taken in 1984, of the Seacombe ferry arriving at the old wooden landing stage at Pier Head. It’s either early morning or a late winter afternoon. Shot by a photographer who has signed the print, but whose signature I can’t decipher, this iconic image has hung in our hall since we moved in here some thirty years ago.
I love this photo – for me, it’s as evocative of the city I arrived in as a student in the sixties as Gerry Marsden’s lyric:
Life goes on day after day
Hearts torn in every way
So ferry ‘cross the Mersey
‘Cause this land’s the place I love
And here I’ll stay
I always see the city back…
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