People and Places

This section includes photos of groups and individuals whose names were well known in Speke many years ago or in places that we remember fondly. My thanks to Rob Dobie and his Mum Doris for sending in a lot of these photos and bringing the Speke Community to life.  As always, please let me know if you spot any mistakes 

Charlie Christian who used to sell groceries from the back of his van in Western Ave

The Dew Drop Band, mainly a group of men who liked to dress up and play for charity. 

Carmen Miranda... or is it Johnny Quick?

Dew Drop Band

Doris Johnson as the Legion Queen in 1950 

Doris and Robert Dobie in front of the prefabs on the Dymchurch estate

Doris's sister Edna with hubby Stan and son Ronnie on the playing fields behind the prefabs on the Dymchurch estate

Legion Christmas Party. Thanks to Tony Williams, we know that the gentleman on the front row, 3rd from left is Howard Haddleton, who was a manager in the Dunlop Sports Dept. Father Christmas looks a bit scary...

Legion Concert Party

Legion Darts Team

Legion Darts Team with awards 

Legion Members

Doris Johnson as Legion Queen in 1950

Middle Linner Road Coronation Parade according to the banner which is being carried by Raymond Dobie and Kenny Johnson. Kenny was a well known country singer who hosted Radio Merseyside's country programme. He sadly died in 2015 The road isn't Linner in the photo

Legion McNamara's Band with Beryl Hughes as the Rose Queen. Bob Dobie is wearing a Tam O'Shanter with Lol and Raymond to his left

British Legion in Oglet Lane. I haven't got a clue why they're sitting outside with their pints!

Patti and Shirley Shepherd outside their prefab with their lovely dog. I think Evans Medical is in the background

Speke ARP Wardens. "Air Raid Precautions (ARP) refers to a number of organisations and guidelines in the UK dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air raids"

Legion Football Team of 1967

Speke Rose Queen.

Beryl D'Arcy has told me the Queen here was Brenda Cummings. Beryl and Miriam were the flowers girls; Beryl is on the front row on the right hand side, sitting next to the girl with the trumpet!

An old friend of mine, Billy Symonds who used to live at North Lodge, Speke Hall. He was what you would call 'a character'!

Jennifer Spann sent this in showing a group from Mrs Stannard's class on a visit to the Liverpool Show in 1960 with the school secretary. The girls at the back are Lena Beckett, Jennifer Jacques and Gillian Staniford. In the middle of the second row is Barbara, and the middle of the front row is Joyce Todd.

Jennifer also gave me this newspaper cutting form 1955 showing Miss Thomas retiring from Stocktonwood Infants

Rose Queen Linda Brooks with Bessie Braddock. Back row from the left is Karen Bennett, Joan Humphries, unknown, Linda Brooks, Bessie Braddock, unknown, Christine Algers, unknown.

As previous photo

Thanks to Brenda Sweeney for this photo of her husband Kit in a local football team. It looks be taken outside St Christopher's. Ian Mowat gave me some of the names:

Top Row: Teacher, Lloyd, Ken Healey, Graham Morrisey, Kit Sweeney, Robert Titchen

Middle Row: Robert Mills, Kenny Roe, ??? Quarless, Alan Nash, Teacher Mr Williams

Front Row: Mike Smallshaw, Jimmy Webb, ??? Head Teacher Harry Neal, Phil Barwell, Frank Melarangi, Billy Humphries

Sitting: Phil Dooley, ???

Coronation Outing from part of All Saints Road, probably from Tewit Hall Road to the garages. Thanks to Ann Wilkinson for these

As previous photo. Some names you may recognize are Betty Wilkinson, Mr & Mrs Davies, Mrs Wall, Mrs Rice, Norman Hanky, Pat holding the baby, and Elaine Josse who also sent me a copy of this photo.

Elaine Smith nee Josse sent me this and the next two photos Rose Queen photos of Beryl Ruth Josse

Rose Queen Beryl Ruth Josse

Rose Queen Beryl Ruth Josse

This photo is taken from the Church magazine, the Speke Messenger for June 1945.

The Rose Queen here is Kathleen Harvey taking the crown from Edna Fraser with the Deputy Lord and Lady Mayoress

Also from the Speke Messenger.

In February (2010) Kathy Ball got in touch with me regarding this photos and has filled in some names for us.

Hi Lynne, Re Photographs-Other people. No 35 was taken at the lower end of Greyhound Farm Rd. Right hand side. Child with back of head showing then the boy behind him is Tommy Mottram. Behind him Elsie Guy. The girl with the paper hat looks like Brenda Tinman and I am sitting behind her. My mother Nina Williams is behind me. Best wishes Kathy Ball ( nee Williams)

My local history friend Laurie Morgan gave me this photo of Daisy Grice who was crowned Speke Rose Queen 1945-46 by the Lady Mayoress of Liverpool at Stocktonwood Road School, the Crown having been handed over from Kathleen Harvey

Miss Gloria's Dance Class met in All Saints Church Hall in the 70's and 80's and she has kindly donated these photos. Front row: Hazel Gerrard, Debra Rodriguez, Karen Leigh, daughter of Miss Gloria

Some of the names Miss Gloria recalls: Carol Amadi, Julie, Debbie and Marie Rodriguez, Shirley and Joanne Bache, Eleanor and Jackie Williams, Susan Corrie, Karen Leigh, Linda Walker, Valerie (poss Jones)

Karen and Stuart Leigh

Winifred Scullin and Jacqueline Williams

Last one from Miss Gloria's Dance Class. Carol Amadi, Jacqueline Williams, Shirley Bache

Rose Queen Linda Brooks at Speke Comp on Central Avenue

This is a piece taken from the local newspaper advertising the Speke Together Carnival which was organised by the Team Vicar of Speke, Michael Rooke. This piece shows local boy Paul Argent who was working for Lockheeds in Speke at the time. Anyone remember Howards on the Parade, mentioned in the advert?

Jessie Mavis Dancing Class from Joan Broley. This might be the stage in St Aidan's Church Hall

Ian Mowat gave me these photos from the 60's of him and his mates at Speke Hall. I've included them to show how cool teenagers were those days.... and secondly because there's a nice dog, Prince in the photo! 

Mick Millea, John McCartney and Colin Leadbetter - Speke Hall is exactly the same but I can't say the same for the rest of us!

And there's Prince!

I can't remember who this is and there's nothing on the photo so if you know, please let me know. I suspect this lady lived at Old Hutte but I might be way off the mark

The Queen Mother (the wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II) on a visit to Speke

Pam Currie, retiring Rose Queen 1959 JV

Remember the cafe at the end of Eastern Avenue? It provided teas for the bus drivers who stopped for their break there. It doesn't look very inviting though...