John's memory stays on track

SUFFOLK music icon John Peel is to have a train named after him in his home city.Merseytravel said the honour will be "a lasting tribute to John's memory".

SUFFOLK music icon John Peel is to have a train named after him in his home city.

Merseytravel said the honour will be "a lasting tribute to John's memory".

Sheila Ravenscroft, John's widow who lives in Great Finborough, will help launch the "John Peel' train and travel on its first journey into Liverpool.

The train will leave Merseytravel's Liverpool South Parkway interchange at around 3pm on Thursday after a short dedication ceremony.


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Ian Prowse, from Liverpool band Amsterdam, will perform the song Does This Train Stop on Merseyside? at the event in front of guests. Peel once said the song was his second favourite ever.

Mrs Ravenscroft said: "John just loved the song. He always became emotional when he played it.

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"He wasn't capable of playing it without crying. If he played it on the radio he'd have to put something on straight afterwards because he wouldn't be able to speak.

"When he played it at home, he'd always need a cuddle afterwards.

"We are just really delighted that John is being honoured with this train. He would have loved it.'

Peel was born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft in Heswall, Wirral.

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