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Visiting the Liverpool Museum last week I spotted these billiard balls made by E.A.Clare.
I was thrilled to see them as I had donated them a few years ago and up to now they have not been on show.
I hope to get a better photo once the initial rush has died down and I can get a better view with the information clearly shown.
Anyone else had a similar experience?
On the opening night Lyns, I spotted a guy paying particular attention to my model in there and when I looked at him he said 'ah yes, I remember these tenements well as they were right in our eyeline from E.A. Clare on St. Anne Street. It only turned out to the the husband of one of the Clare daughters and he's still there helping run it now. So he gave my mate Paul and I the run down of where they started out, the moves from one side of St Anne Street to the other, then expansion into a sherry making factory whose floor was caked in sweet gunge and they had to do it all out etc etc. That is all available on the E.A. Clare website with some cracking photos. Clares supplied one of my slate bed snooker tables in the 80s. Their big competitiors were Ashcrofts in Victoria Street though we got our works 12 footer from Alliance Snooker on Edge Lane who are still there now but on the opposite side. What was the reason for your donation Lyns.
Model Ged? do tell. Just shows that if we take the time to chat to strangers , in certain situations, it can be really interesting.
I donated them because I have no use for them and had no idea what else to do with them. I had promised to keep them safe and putting them on Ebay for a few bob would not have been keeping to my promise.
07-30-2011, 11:23 AM
Model? Well, you did ask...
This is Ged's wonderful site. Both he and the model take pride of place on the front page. There is quite a lot more about this on the recent threads about the new museum opening last week. :)
The model Lyns was created in 2005 to coincide with my good friend Paul Sudbury's film documentary 'Gardens of Stone' premiere at FACT and also the launch of my second 'In a city living' book.
It's been exhibited around many of Liverpool's community centres, the World Museum and St. Georges Hall as well as featured in the Liverpool Daily Post, the Echo and magazines. I'm as proud as punch to have had potentially 100,000 people see it in just over a week down there and the additional hits on my website through cards I left down there are bearing that out.
So well done you for donating your precious pieces, it's been so packed that I haven't seen anywhere near everything down there yet so I will look out for them next time.
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Arr thanks Oudeis, much appreciated mate.
I am surrounded by talent... writers, film makers, model makers, photographers.... the list is endless
Thank you all who keep me occupied and interested.
Aw shucks Lyns. Don't forget musicians as well. Two of us Yoers play in The Gardens band too (that's me on the skins) so don't forget us on your 21st ;)
PLAYING AT THE MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTHPORT TONIGHT
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lol and I forgot comedians too. I sooo enjoy a giggle :lol:
Few of my favs mentioned there Ged ... Van Morrison and The Who to mention just 2.
Good luck with the gig. 21st .. yes...well.....hmmm ..... :lol:
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