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    Liverpool from the ferry in a postcard mailed in 1916


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    Yoria's Ashes

    After a year of death,
    we have an appointment

    on the Mersey ferry
    at 12 noon; Yoria's ashes

    repose now in the closet
    in their plastic urn,

    ready for the final
    journey across the ocean.

    Age just shy of ninety,
    she looked so small

    when I identified her,
    a personality shriveled,

    rendered nut-size -- my
    heart shrank in turn.

    Now I will carry her
    to the muddy Mersey,

    ready to accept Yoria's
    ashes -- the same river

    that bore us to America
    almost my lifetime ago.

    Christopher T. George

    * Gerard Fleming has kindly made a reservation for us on the ferry leaving the Pier Head at 12 noon on Saturday, October 8.

    I am desperately trying to get in contact with my Matchett cousins to see if any can attend but no joy yet. This would be especially meaningful because my Mum's cousins Harry and Walter Matchett, who had a ships provisions business in Canning Place, helped to see my mother and I off on the Cunard liner Saxonia when my Mum and I left for New York from the Landing Stage in January 1955.

    If any Yo members would like to join Gerard, my wife Donna and myself for the ceremony two weeks tomorrow, the support would be nice. The occasion will be non-religious, and I thought we could have drinks afterward in the bar at the Crowne Plaza where we will be staying, as we usually do when we visit the 'Pool. I understand there is no fee to pay to Mersey Travel other than the regular fares. This is most gracious and Gerard tells me that scattering of ashes on the ferry is popular and you had to book ahead. We were lucky to get the reservation.
    Christopher T. George
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    Hi Chris

    I can not be there due to work but I will be there in spirit thinking of you. I will light a candle for your mum on the day.

    This will be very emotional, but you will be glad you did it. Not sure if I told you the story of what we did with my dads ashes? If not pm me and I will tell you. I can not put it on here as it was not all together legal. Im glad we did it and it gave me a good feeling to put him where he is.

    How long are you in Liverpool Chris?

    Tony
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    Hi Tony

    Thanks, Tony. I will pm you shortly. We will be arriving in Liverpool on Friday, October 7 and departing for London again on the Monday, so basically just for the weekend. Yes it will be emotional but I am looking forward to it. If there is a time you might be able to slip down to the Crowne Plaza or meet you elsewhere sometime during the weekend, let me know.

    All the best

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    Tony mate, I'm really sorry I never told you I'd booked it for Chris..
    I was meaning to PM you and tell you Tony but with one thing and another I forgot..

    So thanks Tone.. you putting the Mersey Travel contact details on here was a great help..

    Thank you mate...

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    No probs Gerard. Im just glad there was a slot for Chris.
    BE NICE......................OR ELSE

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    You were really lucky Chris getting the 12 noon place...
    apparently they only do a 10am and 11am ashes scattering cruise..
    you were originally booked on the Sunday as the Sat 10 and 11am places were booked..
    They made a mistake with your booking as there is a marathon or something on the Sunday
    and no ashes scatterings are taking place that Sunday..
    because of their booking mistake they took the unusual step of fitting you in on the Sat as you wanted..


    Your old Mam mate is looking down on you..


    Gerard..

    ---------- Post added at 03:51 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:49 PM ----------

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    No probs Gerard. Im just glad there was a slot for Chris.

    Good lad Tone..

    of me pop again...


    Have a good weekend all..


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    Chris I would love to come, but can't commit yet - will let you know nearer to the time. Thank you.

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    Chris, I will try and be there.

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    Thank you, Kev and Burkhilly.

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    Hope it all goes well Chris, as you say the scattering of ashes on the ferry is very popular and I've heard the Mersey Ferry staff are brilliant.

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    Thanks, Lizzie.

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    Journey to the Mersey

    It's my mother's 91st birthday
    and her ashes wait patiently
    to make her final journey

    by the front door
    in a cloth sack with
    the green logo "Dignity"

    -- the funeral home chain's logo
    offers a modicum of respect. . .
    she will journey in my suitcase

    through airport security as I
    get ready to slide her ashes into
    the peaceful Mersey waters.

    Christopher T. George
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    Hi Chris, this journey will probably be filled with emotion, I believe what you are doing for your Mum is wonderful.
    I will be on holiday when you scatter her ashes, so will be thinking of you at that time.
    Bless.

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    Thank you, Lesley. Yes it will be emotional... already is as you can tell. Thanks for your kind thoughts!

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    Chris, it will be a very sad journey but a day filled with precious memories of your dear Mum.

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    Thank you, Diane.

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    Hi Chris,
    I know its hard but you have so much to be proud of and your mum will always shine through.
    Keep strong Chris,Your mum will be so proud.

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    Thanks, Zap. You'll like this, I think. The urn containing my Mum's ashes is wrapped in a "In Me Liverpool Home" tea towel.

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    Hi Chris, twas a pleasure to spend the afternoon with you, Donna and friends. Good to see ya after a few years mate........


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    I have been wondering today how it all went.
    Pity the weather wasn't kinder.

    I'm sure it's been an emotional and reflective day for Chris.

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    Thanks to Kev for the great photographs and to all who were thinking of us at the moment when my Mum's ashes went into the Mersey. Kev, it was great that you could be with us to welcome my Mum home to Merseyside. As I stated in my remarks, my Mum and I left on the Cunard liner Saxonia from the landing stage in January 1955 bound for New York, and though she henceforth lived in the U.S., mostly in the Baltimore area except for a year in Connecticut when my Dad worked at a hospital in Wallingford, she never forgot her English and specifically Liverpool roots. When I asked where she would like her ashes scattered she said unhesitatingly, "In the Mersey."

    Lindy, the weather conditions could have been better but the rain held off for the actual ceremony, the river relatively calm as Mum's ashes slid into the water. Also had a private message from a member who came to the Pier Head and thought it might be a bit rough, so did not join us but nonetheless cast a rose into the water for my mother. Thank you!

    In terms of the people in the photographs, you will recognize me in the red Liverpool hat and my wife Donna is the pink jacket. The man seated next to me is Alan Bennett, a cousin who runs an extensive genealogical website which lists my Matchett relatives. His mother Edith Jones is in the light blue -- she and Alan had come over from the Haydock Park area for the occasion. The lady in purple is Sue Shinkfield, along with her husband Neil, a school friend of mine from Quarry Bank High School in the Sixties. Neil was telling us that he was an extra in "Ferry Cross the Mersey", the Gerry Marsden film of 1964 and got paid 5 for the day's shooting. The song by Gerry and the Pacemakers was played during the voyage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Thanks to Kev for the great photographs and to all who were thinking of us at the moment when my Mum's ashes went into the Mersey. Kev, it was great that you could be with us to welcome my Mum home to Merseyside. As I stated in my remarks, my Mum and I left on the Cunard liner Saxonia from the landing stage in January 1955 bound for New York, and though she henceforth lived in the U.S., mostly in the Baltimore area except for a year in Connecticut when my Dad worked at a hospital in Wallingford, she never forgot her English and specifically Liverpool roots. When I asked where she would like her ashes scattered she said unhesitatingly, "In the Mersey."

    Lindy, the weather conditions could have been better but the rain held off for the actual ceremony, the river relatively calm as Mum's ashes slid into the water. Also had a private message from a member who came to the Pier Head and thought it might be a bit rough, so did not join us but nonetheless cast a rose into the water for my mother. Thank you!

    In terms of the people in the photographs, you will recognize me in the red Liverpool hat and my wife Donna is the pink jacket. The man seated next to me is Alan Bennett, a cousin who runs an extensive genealogical website which lists my Matchett relatives. His mother Enid Jones is in the light blue -- she and Alan had come over from the Haydock Park area for the occasion. The lady in purple is Sue Shinkfield, along with her husband Neil, a school friend of mine from Quarry Bank High School in the Sixties. Neil was telling us that he was an extra in "Ferry Cross the Mersey", the Gerry Marsden film of 1964 and got paid 5 for the day's shooting. The song by Gerry and the Pacemakers was played during the voyage.

    Chris


    I'm glad to hear it went well Chris..


    Sorry I could not be there, I'm really pleased for you..
    Great pics as well Kev.... nice one..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard Fleming View Post
    I'm glad to hear it went well Chris..


    Sorry I could not be there, I'm really pleased for you..
    Great pics as well Kev.... nice one..


    Gerard.
    Hi Gerard

    Also sorry you could not be with us but many many thanks for your part in making it happen. As you can see from the pics and from the remarks in my post, things went smoothly. However, if you can believe it, despite the letter to you from Mersey Ferries confirming that the "Ashes Ceremony" would be held at 12 noon on the ferry on Saturday, 8 October, the blokes on the ferry said that they had received no notification but that it would not be a problem and the ceremony could go ahead. All's well that ends well. Also sorry mate that we will miss your upcoming photo exhibition. I am sure things will go well! Many congratulations, pal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hi Gerard

    Also sorry you could not be with us but many many thanks for your part in making it happen. As you can see from the pics and from the remarks in my post, things went smoothly. However, if you can believe it, despite the letter to you from Mersey Ferries confirming that the "Ashes Ceremony" would be held at 12 noon on the ferry on Saturday, 8 October, the blokes on the ferry said that they had received no notification but that it would not be a problem and the ceremony could go ahead. All's well that ends well. Also sorry mate that we will miss your upcoming photo exhibition. I am sure things will go well! Many congratulations, pal.

    Chris

    Chris my friend..


    I'm made up to have done that little thing for you, good job you had that letter eh..
    I'm just sorry I could not be there to witness you scattering your mums ashes..

    I'm really pleased it went well, and I'm glad Kev turned up to see you and took those great photos..

    You take care mate, tell Donna I was asking..

    And have a safe journey home..

    God Bless...

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    Glad it all went well,Chris!

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    Very nice that Chris. I am glad the day went well.

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    I was flying home at the very time you had the ashes ceremony Chris, was thinking about you and your family at this special time.

    Best Wishes to you Les x

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    Chris, you have carried out your mothers wishes from afar and you can do no more. Your duty is done, you can content youself and be proud, as your mother would be of you ! You will have the fond memories of the years past, in the knowledge that you have completed the journey for her.

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    Hello everyone, I decided to join the forum yesterday after returning from the ashes ceremony.

    Chris is my 3rd cousin and therefore his mum and mine (Edith not Enid) were second cousins, although none of us had met until yesterday.

    It was a privilege to be present to represent the wider family that couldn't be there in body and my only regret is that, due to my losing my voice a day earlier, I was not able to express myself very well on the day. The staff of the ferry were brilliant and although they hadn't been told in advance of the booking they proceeded with the ceremony without any hesitation.

    As Chris states I have an extensive website containing many Liverpool families. This includes the MATCHETT family that links Chris and I, but also the more famous RATHBONE's. You can find it at :

    http://familytree.cheshirealan.org.uk

    Kindest Regards
    Alan Bennett

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    chris ,, sorry for your loss ,,5 years ago my family and i put my dads ashes in the mersey ,,we brought our parish priest ,the ferry stopped for us in the middle and ,,the priest said a few words,, and he was in ,,
    it was windy and some of the ashes blew back onto the ferry,,my mum said,every time we felt a bit down just get on the ferry and yeah dad will b waiting,,,,,i will light a candle for your mum in church tonight,,
    thanks for sharing ..........

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