Liverpool & Ulverston Canal Gala

Name of walk Liverpool & Ulverston Canal Gala
Date of walk 2018-07-22

A trip to Liverpool to meet up with my sister, Ness. Plus the Ulverston Training Brass Band entertains the crowds at the Ulverston Canal Gala. I play First Cornet…..sometimes even in the right place! 😉

The day we went to Liverpool was rather overcast, which makes for dull photos, but the weather did improve later in the day.

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Liver Building.

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Is it a sheep?

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The Mersey.

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The Royal Albert Dock.

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Malformed Moggy!

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'The Ship's Cat and Super Rat' part of an art installation by Faith Bebbington.

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The Liver Building in the background as we walk around the dock.

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My sister and me.

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The sun has started to come out.

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Ness and Brendan.

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Liverpool One Shopping Centre.

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Everton's second gift shop is in the Liverpool One Shopping Centre. So, amusingly, their address is Everton Two, Liverpool One! Well it made me smile! I bet it would have made my late Uncle Ron, a lifelong Everton fan, smile too!

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My sister and Cilla Black, outside The Cavern Club.

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John Lennon and me.

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Could you guess this was the library?

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Benjamin Disraeli.

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Prince Albert with a pigeon on his head!

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The organ inside St. George's Hall.

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The Minton floor, which was covered when we went, but when fellow bell ringer, Sue, went last week it was uncovered! Thanks for the photo Sue!

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St. George stained glass window.

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Ness, Brendan and me.

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The Ulverston Canal Gala was held at Canal Foot.

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The canal goes all the way to Canal Head, where the Ulverston Brass Band practice rooms are.

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I hope the rain keeps off, but at least we will play under a canopy.

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The Ulverston Training Band.....once called the 'Junior Band', but for obvious reasons the name had to change!

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David and me looking pensive as we review the order of pieces. We start with our old favourite, Robbie Williams' 'Let Me Entertain You'. We are told to play with one foot on the music stand, to make sure the wind doesn't get it! Also note the clothes pegs on the sheet music!

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I had a migraine this morning, so I'm topped up with codeine. My head is okay, but my ability to focus on the music is compromised. I'm best guessing a bit, but my sight reading is crap even when I'm at the top of my game. Young Martin, on my right, is note perfect....I just follow him!

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We play nine pieces including 'The Floral Dance', which I can now play in my sleep!

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Being by the water the theme from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' goes down very well.

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We even manage to play the start of the theme from 'Rocky' at the same time! So, practice does make perfect! We finish with 'Ruby Tuesday' for those of us that remember the 60's. Gill, our conductor seems well pleased!

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The heron seemed to like it.

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Coffee and cake beckon!

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Levens viaduct.

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The Sea Shanty Crew take over our 'entertainment' role.

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I need to go back to Liverpool in September, once the schools are back, to see the Terracotta Warriors, before the exhibition ends. A warning for music lovers: The Ulverston Training Band’s next concert is on September 8th at the Market Cross, for ‘Ulverston Charter Day’, 11.30am….’ish’.

Jo.

 

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