CARTERS ARCHIVE COLLECTION
CARTERS MEMORIAL UNVEILED 1st MAY 2010
Concerned that the proud history of Liverpool's working horses would be lost forever, the Retired Carters' Association began an appeal, in 1997, to raise money for a permanent monument to the city's horses. The Scottie Press and especially Ron Formby has been for a long time an enthusiastic supporter of this worthy cause. On May 1st the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Mike Storey, at a prominent site close to the Maritime Museum and the new Museum of Liverpool, unveiled a life size figure of a working horse by artist Judy Boyt. The sculpture, Waiting, is so called because it shows a working dock horse waiting to set off on it's next journey. The date chosen for the ceremony is special as it was the traditional date of the May Day horse parades. Also present were four horses from the British Shire Horse Society which are pictured suitably dressed for the occasion.
Introducing the audience to the proceedings was Phil Redmond, Chair of the trustees of National museums Liverpool, he was followed by Sharon Brown the Curator of land transport and industry for National Museums Liverpool who spoke about the important part that the carters and their horses played in the development of Liverpool as a port. She also gave a special mention to Ron Formby of the Scottie Press who was unfortunately unable to attend due to illness. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Mike Storey unveiled the statue. After the unveiling I spoke to some of the people from the museum and people involved with the campaign.
Joe Magee still sprightly proclaimed himself to be the youngest surviving carter aged 77, " It's a great statue and a wonderful way to remember the carter's. I drove a full team of horses by the time I was 17, even when I joined the army when I came home on leave I would stand on the corner of Hopwood Street looking for a job, the extra money always came in handy." Sharon Brown was equally impressed with the finished statue " it's exactly what the carters wanted." Phil Redmond said that for him, " the statue is a perfect example of public art. It is something that is visually stimulating and unlike a lot of art is accessible, it can be physically touched. It is a tangible representation of what the carters gave to the city." A number of the old carters were present at the event, including Jimmy Doran and Joe Magee, pictured here in front of the statue along with friends. The event was well attended by members of the public who were then given an opportunity to look and touch the magnificent statue which is a fitting tribute to the work done for the city by all the old carters and their horses, who helped make Liverpool one of the major ports in the world.
Thomas Stopforth- Liverpool Carter
Julie Brown sent in these photographs of her grandfather Thomas Stopforth who was a Liverpool Carter , as was his father and uncle. The picture was taken at the time of the Queen's Coronation. Julie says she thinks it is fantastic news that the Carters (and horses) are at last being honoured for all the hard work they did.
Dear Scottie Press, All the ex Carting lads have asked could you put this photograph on the website. When we look back at this corner (Hopwood Street Ė Scotland Road)
We all have good memories. I got a carting job off this corner, driving a team of horses just before I went into the Army.
Hopwood Street off Scotland Road was the Liverpool Carterís and Motormenís corner. If you were out of work you could go to the ĎCarterís Cornerí at 7.30am and Haulage Companies would send their foreman or runner. If they wanted people to work holiday relief or if people were off sick, you could get work. Some got a good run of work and some even got a full time job.
The Carterís and Motormenís Corner was also a ĎUnion Cornerí. Our Office was at 400 Scotland Road (Highway House). The Southend had theirs at Warwick Street, Toxteth, and in Bootle it was at Balliol Road.
CARTER'S CONTINUE TO FUNDRAISE FOR HORSE MONUMENT
Jimmy Doran and the Committee of the Liverpool Carter's Association would like to thank Anthony Benson for his offer of support to the Carter's Association's efforts to raise funds for a monument to 'The Liverpool Working Horse'.
Anthony will be donating four oil colour paintings which will reflect the 250 years of service that the Working Horse gave to Liverpool. Jimmy Doran and Albert Hilton are photographed with the first of the four paintings and we will feature the other paintings when they have been finished and presented to Jimmy and his Committee.
WORKING HORSE MONUMENT FUNDRAISE NEWS
The Liverpool Carter's Association has sold another limited edition statue as part if their ongoing fundraising campaign to have a life-size monument to 'The Liverpool Working' Horse sited on Hartley Quay at the Albert Dock. Liverpool City Council has purchased the statue, which is a scaled-down version of the full sized monument. Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Ron Gould, is pictured accepting the statue on Thursday 4th September 2003.
Members of The Liverpool Carter's Association are also photographed, and they are delighted with the City Council's purchase of the statue which will take them another step along the road of achieving their target of raising enough money to finance the manufacture of the full size monument. We have more news and memories about Carter's on our website click here
HONOURING THE CARTERS AND THEIR HORSES
The Vauxhall History & Heritage Group were delighted to be able to support a group of ex Carter's in their intentions to honour the 'Liverpool Carter's and their Horses'. This was achieved when a plaque that acknowledged a proud 25-year history of carting in Liverpool was unveiled on Scotland Road on Thursday 27th March.
All at the unveiling ceremony were very pleased to welcome back to Scotland Road, Radio Merseyside's, Linda McDermott. Linda is the President of the Vauxhall History & Heritage Group and readers of the Scottie Press will be aware that Linda had a very serious car accident over 12 months ago and suffered severe leg injuries. Linda arrived for the unveiling well in advance of the 10am ceremony and left the Throstles Nest Pub shortly before 12.45pm having taken time to speak to all who attended the plaque unveiling. A line of thanks is given to Kevin, Kathleen and staff at the Throstles Nest Pub for wonderful support to the Carter's Plaque and for providing a very enjoyable after unveiling buffet.
We would also like to extend a line of thanks to Local Carter, Eric Wheeler who brought along his Horse (Rosie) and Cart to enable this group photograph to be taken in front of St Anthony's Church. Eric and his Son are often seen around the streets and road's of Liverpool with their Horse and Cart from which they sell fruit and veg.
CARTER'S PHOTOS AND MEMORIES
Our thanks go to readers who are interested in the Carter's webpage and who have provided the photos below.
Pictured above are Matty Campbell and Billy Murray when they were in the Veterinary Corps during the 2nd World War. Both Matty and Billy were Carter's from the Scotland Road area working for a wide variety of carting/haulage firms.
Pictured above is Matty Campbell once again but this time when he was taking part in a local show. Matty was very well respected for his success at local shows Sadly Matty died some years ago but he is still remembered with great affection.
The picture above shows Joe Bellis with a horse called Tucker after a walk along Vauxhall Road. The photo taken outside Thomas Harrison & Son's Stables in Naylor Street.
Pictured above is Jimmy Smith who drove for C.W.H. Taylors & Son. Jimmy started as a Junior Carter and stayed with horses up until they were replaced with motor transport.
The picture above shows ex Carter, Jimmy Doran with Noble sharing a look at some photographs of working horses of yesteryear that featured in a special newspaper printed by the Liverpool Echo.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS YOUR MEMORIES
We feature a selection of photographs showing some snapped memories from the carting life of Tommy Bainbridge - a member of the Liverpool ex Carter's Group. Tommy is still showing horses up and down the country and he has won numerous awards during the many years he has been involved with carting and horse-shows. Tommy has been assisted at the horse shows for many years by ex Carter Jimmy Smith.
To enhance this webpage with an appreciation of what part the May Day Processions and Horse Shows played in people's lives we welcome receiving your photographs and accompanying memories. You might have some special photographs or just a snap taken at a horse parade or show event, whatever, if you think it's interesting and could help remind people of the history & heritage and traditions of working horses in Liverpool we will be pleased to feature it on this webpage.
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