Liverpool is one of the top tourist attractions in the UK. It is also a city of inventions and innovation, it’s a fact. From top music hits to revolutionary docking systems people from the city have envisaged many of the most innovative things in the world. I often wonder if there is something in the air here in Liverpool that makes people so creative and inventive but naturally, I have no answer to that. What’s certain is that this city has given us some of the most notable people in the world and I would like to present my personal top 3.
John Lennon – the famous founding member of the Beatles, one of the most popular rock bands in the world. John was born in the Oxford Street Maternity Hospital during the famous air raids on Liverpool on the 9th of October 1940. Certainly growing up in a disfunctional family, without a father, and with a mother who often couldn’t handle raising a son he was eventually handed over to be raised by his aunt, an event that most certainly put a mark on his emotional development, which was also mirrored in many of his songs and actions. Together with Paul McCartney he formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century, his political actions become a symbol for many people fighting for their rights, his anti war activism became an example for many and his songs were used as protest songs during the Vietnam War protests in America. John Lennon was murdered in 1980 as he was walking out of his New York apartment. In 2002 he was posthumously voted eight in the ranking of 100 most influential Britons.
Frank Hornby – a famous bookkeeper turned kids toys inventor and producer. Visionary in toy development, Hornby is most known for his line of Meccano and Hornby Trains. Strangely enough, prior to creating his inventions, Hornby had no previous engineering experience at all. He started creating toys for his sons from 1899 which led to his famous Meccano patent for interchangeable parts for toys. This single invention made him a millionaire. Eventually he moved on to politics and become a Conservative MP, an office he held until 1935.
Tom Baker – an eccentric actor who portrayed Dr. Who from 1974 to 1981. Baker left school at the age of 15 to become a Roman Catholic Monk and left the order 6 years later after losing his faith and did his National Service in the Medical Corps while taking up acting as a hobby. His most famous role is that of Dr. Who which he took over from John Pertwee. Baker remained in the show for the next 7 years.
There are thousands more Liverpudlians who made their mark on this world and one thing is for sure, Liverpool is a magical city that everyone should visit, even if only to discover why there are so many great people originating from the city.
Thomas is a writer, traveler and a mad Beatles fan. He works for apartments in Liverpool provider and writer manically about his city, its culture and heritage.