Continuing my theme of ‘famous scousers’ this article tells the tale of one of my all time favourite radio presenters, but he wasn’t just a presenter, Brian Jacques was a folk singer, an author a poet and a true son of the city.

Brian was born in Liverpool on 15 June 1939, just before World War II began; His parents were James Alfred Jacques, a Haulage Contractor, and Ellen Ryan. Brian grew up in Kirkdale near to the Liverpool Docks. He was known by his middle name 'Brian' because his father and a brother were also named James.


His father loved literature and read his boy adventure stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, but also The Wind in the Willows with its cast of animals. Brian himself began reading at an early age and loved adventure stories by writers such as Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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