Liverpolitalia held their first event on Sunday 3rd February 2008 at the Silvestrian Club, Liverpool 5 in comemoration of Liverpool's Little Italy hero boxer Dom Valnte, naming the event 'Festa Volante'
From 1pm until 7pm there were guest speakers including historian, Frank Carlyle, himself a relative of Dom. The Gardens of Stone film was screened after the hot buffet and on display once again was the Gerard Gardens tenement model. To round off the day, Paul and I together with the other members of 'The Gardens' group performed on stage to the full house of 250.
Ex residents of Gerard Gardens discuss old times alongside the model. Peter Wilson-Gianelli and Gerry Murphy of liverpolitalia hold a framed pic of famous Little Italy boxer Dom Volante. The audience fall into silence as guest speakers recall the great man and the day is rounded off with songs from the 60s right up to date. Right: The Scottie Press' reporting of the event. Ron Formby was there throughout the day and took the above photos as well as capturing people such as comedian Stevie Faye.
After the success of the Wavertree Historic Society event in 2007, Diane Maddock who hails from Dingle and who attended that event, decided to put on a screening for those who missed out. Local residents who attended included some who had lived in tenements such as Mr. Muldoon from the Four Squares, Soho Street and the Community centre's caretaker 'Ginger' who lived in Hurst Gardens, Old Swan. Another attendee, Les, worked for George Jones painters who when based in Heyworth Street had the contract for painting the corporation tenements in their customary County cream and Bus green and as such remembered painting Gerard Gardens (twice) as well as Myrtle Gardens and Speke Road Gardens.
Some of the 30 odd guests of the older generation, fascinated by Paul's film documentary.
THE LIVERPOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENT AT HOPE UNIVERSITY - SUNDAY 16/11/08
The Grace Room,
Cornerstone Building, Hope at Everton",
Liverpool Hope University,
Top left: The grand staircase in the ultra modern interior of the Cornerstone building, tucked behind off Shaw Street as part of the old SFX school. Top right: Members of the Liverpool Historical Society start to take to their seats anticipating what's in store. Bottom left and right: The short pre-show accompanies an introduction to the event.
I am accompanied here by Debz D'Annunzio and Paul Sudbury. Debz, a descendant from the Little Italy area of St. Joseph's and Holy Cross was in attendance to promote her forthcoming book about the Italian families from this area which preceded the building of Gerard Gardens, the model of which can be seen behind us.
THE LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, ABERCROMBY SQUARE, TUESDAY 3/3/09 AT 6PM.
The venue was the impressive Budden lecture theatre in the Leverhulme building, part of the Liverpool University campus at Abercromby Square.
Our host was Dr. Les Roberts who is busy putting together a visual map consisting of over 1700 various films shot in Liverpool. He has scoured sources far and wide and was delighted to screen Gardens of Stone as part of their Liverpool in film series having already hosted a fair few in the past with more to follow.
The first pic shows the after screen interviews with Paul and myself describing to Les and the audience how Paul's film and my In a city living books came about.
The second pic sees us fielding questions in the form of an open forum. A couple of dozen people from various backgrounds braved a cold and sleety evening and a good discussion was had regarding architecture, the impact of roads, communities and social habits of the time.
The last pic sees people enjoying an informal glass of wine while debating everything that the film and its subsequent discussion threw up. The curator of the People's city gallery of the new Pier Head museum was also present along with the chief model preserver in order to measure my model for display in the new museum when it opens in 2010 which will also feature excerpts from the film.