Oldham & District

Liverpool St George

Our visit to Liverpool again was quite a busy day. The first stop was at St George's Hall .I have to say that I have visited Liverpool many times but was unaware of what this building had to offer until I started to research places in Liverpool we could visit as well as the Beatle story.

On arrival we had our usual Tea/coffee /biscuits which everyone is ready for as some members leave home around 8.00am on our trip days.
After this we were met by our tour guide Steve Binns who has been blind since birth. He has been doing this work for Liverpool City council for over 20 years. What Steve didn't know about the hall wasn't worth knowing,and his humourus antidotes engaged us all.

St George's Hall is widely recognised as one of the finest new-classical buildings in the world and is a great1 listed building.
It has a priceless mosaic floor of 30,000t Minton tiles, which is kept covered to protect it. I believe it is only uncovered a handful of times each year so no surprise our visit day wasn't one of these. The organ is the 3rd largest pipe organ in the country .
Construction started in 1841 and was opened in1854.In the 2000s it had a major restoration and was officially reopened in 2007 by Prince Charles .Steve also took us to the cells were the prisoners awaited their trials . We were also able to visit
the refurbished Court room .
Next on to lunch. 48 members filed through the shopping centre on route to Hard Days Night Hotel .. Blakes restaurant.
The 2 course lunch was very appetising and staff obliging but sorry to say drinks very overpriced. Good job I only had water....

Next to the waterfront where we visited The Beatles Story. I was very impressed with the set up of this museum. The replicas of the Casbah, Mathew St and The Cavern helped us to experience what it was like in the 60's when the Beatles
were the greatest band around.We heard the story of the Beatles unfold through audio guides and members of the group could be seen tapping their feet, humming along and also dancing in the Cavern.
Members were able to spend as much or as little time as they wished in this museum.
Hopefully another enlightening day for the group.