Another guest post with newly discovered photographs today from John Viggars.This time John takes on a subject that, even thirty years after the fact, can still cause arguments when two or more Liverpudlians are gathered together.
It’s the early 1980s. We’ve had riots, mass unemployment, factories closing down by the day, you’ve seen how it is down at the docks, our democratically elected council is soon to be surcharged and banished from office – and what do we get to fix it all?
Well truth to tell many things are tried. Some work, most don’t. And there’s also the Garden Festival. So let’s hear about it from John – who had a season ticket!
“After my previous writings on here about time spent on the North and South Liverpool docks I began looking through more of my old transparencies to see what other Liverpool related stuff I had bothered to keep. Going through, I came upon a couple of boxes marked – ‘IGF 1984.’ Yes, the International Garden Festival.
Trying to wrack my brains for memories, I was this time, not helped by Google. This temporary success for the Merseyside Development Corporation (MDC) does not seem to have had much recorded about it on the internet, plus I find my own memory clouded by the years that have now passed. I won’t dwell on the political rights or wrongs of the Festival and its lack of benefit to post riots Liverpool 8, I just want to share a few of my own recollections from that particular summer, knowing that this time Ronnie is likely chip in now and then! Continue reading