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Is that the fella Home & Bargain? My mums boss sold it on a couple of years back as the council were nobbing them around. They wanted to turn it into apartments (M3 Properties), but they wouldn't have it. I think it's used as one massive family home now.My friend owns the home of Henry Tate, or at least the home Henry Tate built and lived in. It's in Woolton and is now called the Redburn Hotel.
Who was the greatest of them all?
Little, Curly, Alan Ball.
Bitter-sweet film on Liverpool’s 300 years of sugar trade screened at the Tate
Oct 30 2007
by Vicky Anderson, Liverpool Daily Post
THEY were called “boys from the whitestuff” – the generations of families who enjoyed jobs for life at the Vauxhall’s Tate & Lyle sugar refinery.
Historian Ron Noon’s decade-long obsession with the Liverpool sugar industry led to the making of the film Love Lane Lives: The Boys and Girls from the Whitestuff, which is to be screened tonight at the Tate.
Produced and directed by local film maker Leon Seth, it explores how Henry Tate – who introduced the sugar cube to Britain and went on to found the Tate Gallery – became “Britain's Rockefeller”.
It traces how after 109 years of refining in Liverpool’s Love Lane, and the devastation of the Vauxhall community following the closure of the refinery, the phoenix eventually rose from the ashes in the guise of the Eldonian Housing Cooperative. The film also captures the historic 25th anniversary re-union of the Tate pensioners in April 2006.
“Beat the beet, keep the cane” had been the unsuccessful mantra of the refinery workers involved in the ten-year struggle to keep Henry Tate's mother plant open. Its closure in April, 1981, was the end of over 300 years of sugar cane refining on Merseyside.
Ron Noon said: “The remarkable thing about this project was not just sugar, but the extraordinary lives of ordinary refinery workers who star in the film.
“This project has lots of historical curiosity value but it has wider ramifications for ongoing debates on the politics of food and globalization. It's also a vital record of the people who struggled against a major multi-national to protect not just their own livelihoods but a whole community. It’s an amazing story and Liverpool is right at the heart of it.”
Mr Noon and his team plan to keep the momentum going and make a second film, talking to older relatives of pupils at Trinity Primary School, opposite the Eldonian Village and the former Tate & Lyle refinery.
Mr Noon, of Liverpool John Moores University history department, was awarded £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the film.
It will also feature on Granada’s Inside Out programme on November 7.
Source: Liverpool Daily Post
It's also being shown at the Rotunda event in Kirkdale - see festivals thread. It's very good, was on the St. George's Hall big history festival on the sunday.
Gardens of Stone, about the city centre tenements will also be shown and my model will be on display.
BBC's Inside Out tonight will include 10 minutes dedicated to the film doc 'Boys from the White stuff' - about Tates and Sugar refining in Liverpool.
Lyle's Golden Syrup dates to the 1880's and has been produced by Scotsman Abram Lyle's company continuously since then.
"Together with his three sons he bought two wharves at Plaistow in East London in 1881 to construct a refinery for producing Golden Syrup. The site happened to be around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the sugar refinery or his rival, Henry Tate. In the first year Lyle's refinery showed a loss of £30,000, with economies being made by asking staff to wait for their wages on occasion, but eventually the business came to dominate the United Kingdom market for Golden Syrup.
"The tins are believed to be Britain's oldest brand, with its green and gold packaging and image of a lion with a biblical quotation having remained almost unchanged since 1885."
Love Lane film show
Mar 29 2008
by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
TENANTSPIN presents a screening and Q&A event at Fact next week.
Love Lane Lives is a film by Leon Seth, made in collaboration with local historian Ron Noon, which profiles the history of sugar in Liverpool and workers’ stories of the Tate & Lyle refinery.
The film has toured many locations and viewers have the chance to discuss the it with its makers after the screening.
The event from 2-3pm on April 9 is free.
Source: Liverpool Echo
'Love Lane Lives: The Boys and Girls from the Whitestuff' - 6pm Wednesday 23 April 2008 - everyone welcome
The first public screening of the film, 'Love Lane Lives: The Boys and Girls from the Whitestuff', will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 23 April in the G01 lecture theatre (John Foster Building, Mount Pleasant).
'Love Lane Lives' is an absorbing film and public history project, tracing the story of how Liverpool, an insignificant fishing village at the end of the seventeenth century, experienced transatlantic take off with sugar and slaves.
The film, described by Jimmy McGovern as 'really powerful and very moving', explores how Liverpool was affected by the closure of the Love Lane Tate and Lyle factory.
LJMU Historian Ron Noon (pictured below) was awarded £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the Love Lane Lives Refinery project. The film, produced and directed by young local film maker Leon Seth, explores how Henry Tate - who introduced the sugar cube to Britain and went on to found the Tate Gallery - became Britain's Rockefeller not with oil but white gold, sugar. It also traces how after 109 years of refining in Liverpool's Love Lane, and the devastation of the Vauxhall community following the closure of the refinery, the phoenix eventually rose from the ashes in the guise of the Eldonian Housing Cooperative. This model of community-led sustainable urban regeneration received the accolade of a World Habitat Award in 2003. The film also captures the historic 25th anniversary re-union of the Tate pensioners in April 2006.
When Love Lane closed in April 1981, the city renowned internationally in the 1960s for the sound of the Mersey Beat and the Beatles, was depicted as the first main victim of the European beet boys. "Beat the Beet, Keep the Cane" had been the unsuccessful mantra of the refinery workers involved in the ten-year struggle to keep Henry Tate's mother plant open. A woman interviewed about the closure said, "It's dead now", referring to Liverpool, not Tate and Lyle and when in November 1982 in the closing scenes from Alan Bleasdale's Boys from the Blackstuff, the refinery was filmed being bulldozed into oblivion, only a few grasped that it symbolised much more than the misery of mass unemployment. It was the end of over 300 years of sugar cane refining on Merseyside.
Both Ron Noon and Leon Seth will take part in a Q&A session after the screening.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Entry is free but you are asked to email email@example.com in order to reserve your seat(s). Refreshments will be available.
Source: LJMU News Update
I saw this and spoke to Ron at the Rotunda, it's a very interesting documentary.
Thanks for the tip-off - hope to go.
it may not be of much interest,but i waws a galley boy on a ship the sugar importer,she was run by the silvertown services in london,for tate and lyle.
picture of ship below
my very first bus as a driver
The conveyor/tower, along the dock road, is fenced off. Demoltion notices are on the fences. The dock road has been blocked off.
Dock road?s Tate & Lyle conveyor belt comes down after 90 years
The Tate & Lyle conveyor belt has stood over Liverpool?s Regent Road for more than 50 years.
The conveyor, which weighs more than 1,000 tonnes, was built to carry sugar beet from boats moored on the Mersey, freshly arrived from the Caribbean, over the road to the silos of Tate & Lyle, where it was refined into sugar.
But the 95-metre conveyor has stood silent and unmoving for 17 years since Tate & Lyle left the site.
Now the landmark machinery is being taken down to make way for a vegetable oil refinery.
Excavation specialist PP O?Connor, which removed 10m tonnes of earth and rubble from Paradise Street for the construction of Liverpool One, was contracted to bring down the colossal machine.
It planned the deconstruction for three months and, when the time came yesterday, used two cranes weighing 500 and 300 tonnes each, 70-tonne and 50-tonne excavators, and a 2,500-tonne shear ? a massive pair of scissors for cutting metal.
Contract demolition supervisor Neil Steward said: ?The structure has come down a bit more slowly than we thought it would. It took about nine hours with 20 men working on site. The people who owned it have maintained it very well.
?It was built to last, with really good quality metal.?
The conveyor began on the dock and sloped up 43 metres on the other side of the road.
Mr Steward said: ?It is the end of the road for a landmark on the dock road.
?The first time I saw it, I was in the Royal Navy and saw it from aboard HMS Hermes just before the Falklands War.
?I have a big connection with it and it makes me sad it is going.?