In the past I have been known to get up and either join the band or pick a few songs from the karaoke playlist. There have been some memorable karaoke sessions in various places around the world as back in the 80s and 90s there was a machine in nearly every pub or bar.
Due to the fact that we had a whirlwind romance (met on 16th September, engaged on first date 29th September, married five weeks later in 1980), David was not conversant with all my past life activities! This included my love of singing with the band, any band…
We were celebrating my new job as manager of the Eastex and Dereta fashion department in Owen Owen in the centre of Liverpool, and decided to go to a dinner dance at the swish Atlantic Towers. We thought it likely that we would be drinking a bottle of wine and they had a special rate at the weekend that included bed and breakfast so we decided to spend the night.
It was Saturday July 4th and although there had been some clashes reported on the news as a result of a traffic stop made by police on the 3rd of July 1981, we had no idea how things would escalate so quickly.
Here are some details of the Toxteth riots that escalated to massive property damage and many injured including one fatality.