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Monday April 14 2008

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“Catnipmusic” writes this caption:

School photograph of Liverpool Insitute High School Lower School taken in April 1956. Includes pupils Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Arthur Gilbert (my dad!). Scanned and spliced from my dad’s original photo. Best viewed at original size, I’ve ringed the positions of the two Beatles (and me dad).

I have since found out that Neil Aspinall is between and above the two guys to the left of my dad. Also, a section of the photo with George Harrison in was used in the cover for his solo album “Dark Horse”.

I’ve added the Neil Aspinall link.  I didn’t know who he was, and guessed you might not.  Follow the first link above to get the picture bigger.  There’s something very evocative about these giant combination school photos.  I’m always on the lookout for horizontal photographic decoration for my blogs.  Pictures are not good for teaching reading because guessing that “apple” says “apple” when there’s a picture of an apple isn’t reading at all.  But pictures are good for persuading readers that someone is taking an interest in doing this blog, and not just going through the motions.

The Liverpool Institute had an interesting subsequent history:

After closure of the Liverpool Institute for Boys, the building stood empty and negected, the roof leaking and the walls crumbling. In 1987 it was announced that the LI Trust (under control of Liverpool Council’s Education Department) would grant use of the building and site to a new educational establishment. Paul McCartney had returned to his old school when with Wings he had played a concert there in 1979. After the school’s closure in 1985 McCartney determined to save the building and replace the school with another type of educational institute - a ‘fame school’ - to assist students of the dramatic arts. Liverpool Council, which remains the controller of the Liverpool Institute Trust established in 1905, agreed to allow LIPA use of the building under a lease which continues to preserve its future for educational purposes.

Under McCartney’s sponsorship and financial assistance, the building was rebuilt entirely behind its old facade, preserving only the entrance corridor and school hall, and re-opened in 1996 under the name of its new occupants, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). This all-new institute is currently affiliated with LJMU and is no longer a Liverpool secondary school.

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