Friday, April 22, 2011

Day Trippers Taxi Tours

On a recent trip to Liverpool, I could not resist checking out the many Beatles related places to see there like The Cavern Club on Matthew Street, or the Beatles Museum located at the Albert Dock.
Both fore-mentioned places are a must for any fan of course, however it has to be noted that The Cavern Club that we see today is not the original building  (it had to be rebuilt in the 70's after construction work on the Mersyrail underground rail loop).  Across the street is the sister venue The Cavern Pub also worthy of a visit if only for a drink and a look at the many musical memorabilia pieces on display.
For me though the most memorable part of my visit to Liverpool was undoubtedly the Day Trippers Taxi Tour which was an hour of blissful nostalgia led by a most likable scouser called Ricky Gallagher who along with his friend Dave run the taxi business.
There is nothing that Ricky doesn't know about The Beatles and you will not find a more reliable source to learn about the places that they take you on the trip. He grew up on Penny Lane and knows every inch of the area and Paul McCartney himself has even given Day Trippers Taxi Tours the personal thumbs up.
The many places you can see include the childhood homes of all the fab 4, the hall where Lennon and McCartney first met in 1957, the gateway to Strawberry Fields and of course Penny Lane..

'Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
Of every head he's had the pleasure to have known
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say hello'........

George Harrison's childhood home

The home of John Lennon's aunt Mimi where he lived for most of his childhood


Strawberry Fields Forever

 I can not recommend this tour highly enough, it is very reasonably priced, it is emotional, interesting, educational and memorable among many other things and I will certainly remember it fondly. Ricky showed me a photograph at the end of the tour of his father standing alongside the four members of the Beatles in the 1960's. John Lennon had his hand on his shoulder, they had known each other from growing up in the same neighbourhood. Ricky's dad is over 80 years old now and is still very proud to have known the fab four . It's little stories like this that made the tour so great also..Thank you Ricky, keep up the great work....

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