Places to visit in Britain with a particular musical association.

Top ten best British bands

Best British Bands, Rolling Stones

The United Kingdom has produced some extraordinarily successful musical acts over the years.  I am thinking, of course, of creative combos like Black Lace (Agadoo, 1984), the Tellytubbies (Say ‘Eh-oh’ 1997) and Johnny Drip & the Bath Taps (nothing printable). So, by way of a departure from Rotten Romans, Dastardly Danes, Naughty Normans, Tyrannical Tudors

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Lennon and McCartney’s childhood homes

Lennon, McCartney, childhood homes, Liverpool, Mendips, Menlove Avenue, 20 Forthlin Road

John Lennon lived at Mendips, 251 Menlove Avenue, Woolton, Liverpool L25 from 1945 until around 1963.  Paul McCartney lived at 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool L18 from 1955, also until around 1963. A short discourse on being a Beatles fan With some people, you’ll always remember where you were, and what you were doing, when

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Let me take you down…

Strawberry Fields, Liverpool, Lennon, Beatles

‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields, nothing is real and there’s nothing to get hung about. On 1st June (or 26th May, depending on your source) 1967, The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking recording and one of the most famous and discussed albums ever.  It is said that one in

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Razzle Dazzle Ferry Cross the Mersey

Razzle dazzle, Snowdrop, visit Liverpool

Surely, every adult in Britain, and possibly some from other lands, has heard of the ferry across the Mersey?  Many, not least those of a certain age, will also know the song, Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers, written by band leader Gerry Marsden and released in 1964.  It made No 8

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Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club

The Cavern Club, Liverpool

So there it is, then; The Cavern.  10 Matthew Street, Liverpool 2.  Where Brian Epstein first heard and saw The Beatles perform their lunchtime session on Thursday 9th November 1961.  You know it’s not exactly the same Cavern that the Beatles used to play in, but even so…and, anyway, it’s the closest thing you’re ever

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Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire - 'the Ship of the Fens'.

Before England existed, the lonely Isle of Ely lay in the territory of the Gyrwas.  Around the year 652AD, Tondbert, a prince of the South Gyrwas, married the Princess Etheldreda, a descendent of the mighty Wuffingas who had united the North-folk with the South-folk.  Tondbert died and Etheldreda, whose father was Anna (or Onna), King

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When Cyn and John got it together

Ye Cracke, Rice Street, Liverpool

They seemed an unlikely pair.  That wise-cracking, aggressive, scruffy teddy-boy Lennon was a world away from the demure, composed, Cynthia Powell, who came from Hoylake ‘over the water’ on the Wirral and spoke posh. It started in the lettering class at Liverpool College of Art.  John Lennon’s speciality was cartoons – often cruel caricatures –

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