Shankly Parade plan under fire

July 22, 1974
Traders in Liverpool’s fashionable Bold Street shopping precinct hope that plans to change its name to Shankly Parade, after the city’s soccer hero, will be kicked into touch. A spokesman who has built up his photographic business in Bold Street over 15 years, said today: “I am writing to all the other traders asking them to support me in opposing any change of name for the street, which is known nationally and internationally.

“I’m not against naming something after Mr. Shankly. He has done a lot for the city. But I’m suggesting that instead of renaming Bold Street why don’t they give his name to a youth club, a social centre, an underground station, or the St. John beacon.”

The idea to dub the street Shankly Parade came from young Liberal Councillor David Alton, deputy chairman of the city’s Highways and Environment Committee.

He explained today: “Bold Street has just been pedestrianised and, despite initial opposition, it is now working. Giving it this new name would help to transform it into an exciting , Continental-type piazza.

“Mr. Shankly’s name is known all over the world and this would make it a mecca for tourists.”
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 22, 1974; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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