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Janet Kane
· July 25, 2017
A group of us attended the Hidden Liverpool Tour last Sunday which was excellent and definitely recommended to anyone who has an interest in the city. We started near St George's Hall where our guide..., Chris Cannon, revealed many interesting facts about the hall and gardens that most people wouldn't know - some very gorey tales were told!

From here we meandered along the many city centre streets as Chris pointed out numerous points of interest along the way. As well as interesting facts about people who've had an involvement with the city, there were lots of hidden features on many of the buildings that I must have walked past a hundred times without noticing.

Chris is an excellent guide who has clearly spent a lot of time researching his information, and his enthusiasm for the city's history was evident every step of the way.
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Danielle Broley
· July 16, 2017
My partner and I attended the footman tour at St George's Hall. We were the only guests that day so the Footman had a lot more time to spend with us. Our guide, Chris Cannon was so knowledgeable and ...informative that not only did we learn about the happenings inside the Hall but we were also educated about the place from the origional foundations right up to the modern workings in the roof. We had a great day and we certainly enjoyed our 3 hour tour. Thanks Chris, you were great. 10/10 See More
Ryan Lockwood
· February 26, 2018
Truly a delight. Very knowledgable and not simply reading from a script. Highly recommended.
Chris Smith
· July 11, 2017
I went along as part of the Silicon Dreams Tour event, hoping to find out more about Liverpool's hidden music. Chris said he didn't know much about music so that didn't sound like a good start. Wron...g! Chris - our fun guide - arrived and knew my name so obviously good at homework. Once on our way the facts flowed, further showing the homework effort put in. Chris has a passion for the history of Liverpool and takes pride in getting correct the many facts he has stored away. The tour was as advertised; long and full of fascinating information about the characters, buildings and music of the city. Oh, and some pubs! Highly recommended. See More
Carol Wycherley
· July 16, 2017
Did the Footman Tour of St George's Hall yesterday and has a really good time - really enjoyed being behind the scenes at such an iconic building- would highly recommend it ! Our footman Chris Canno...n knew his stuff and delivered it it in a fun engaging manner - thanks for sharing your knowledge! Looking forward to what ever Hidden Liverpool has to offer - thank you � See More
Rachel Clark
· July 17, 2017
Attended the Footman Tour at St George's Hall on Saturday with my dad as this was a Father's Day Gift. It was a totally engaging tour with lots of humour and fun. Our guide Chris was brilliant from st...art to finish and his knowledge was just amazing. We had the afternoon tea as part of our package too and this was gorgeous and finished off the tour nicely. Would thoroughly recommend. See More
Dan Vaughan
· July 28, 2017
Brilliant tour around Liverpool 😊 The time flies with Chris and he is funny, interesting and a great guide altogether. You learn so much about Liverpool and its fantastic buildings, statues and othe...r landmarks in an enjoyable way that really shouldn't be missed! Great afternoon, would definitely do it again - thanks Chris 😊 See More
Dan Smith
· July 29, 2017
Kym Smith and I throughly enjoyed today's tour of St George's Hall. Chris Cannon shared a huge amount of knowledge about the Hall and Liverpool - it was a great experience.
Nick Scarborough
· July 25, 2017
What an excellent tour around hidden Liverpool. Chris was a brilliant guide giving us and showing us so much information about the heritage of our wonderful city. Highly recommended. We will be back.... Thanks Chris See More
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Happy St George's Day to one and all.

This is the fantastic stained glass window at the South end of the Great Hall of St George's Hall depicting St George slaying the dragon (Pic 1)

This window, along with the the other equally impressive stained glass window at the North end of the hall (Pic 2() were installed in 1883 in celebration of the fact that Queen Victoria made Liverpool a city in 1880.

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1) St George slaying the dragon. The Window at the South end of the Great Hall of St George's Hall

2) The Liverpool Coat of Arms. The Window at the North end of the Great Hall of St George's Hall

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Dicky Sam, Dicky Mint, Tilly Mint and Scousers

'Dicky Sam' was an old way (from the 19th to the early to mid-20th Century) of referring to someone from Liverpool. From my research, I’ve found that due to the large cultural input that sailors from America brought into the port, the dockers were sometimes called ‘Sons of Sam’, as in Uncle Sam. That changed to Dicky O’Sam (I have no idea who Dicky was!) and that eventually became ‘Dicky Sam. The term was then used to refer to ...anyone from the city.

J A Picton, in his 1873 book, ‘Memorials of Liverpool’ refers to people from the city as ‘Dicky Sams’ (Pic 1) and there was a pub near the Pier Head called the Dicky Sam. Also, Threllfalls, the Liverpool Brewery, brewed a stout with the name (Pic 2)

From ‘Dicky Sam’, we get 'Dicky Mint' as a gentle rib to a young lad who is acting up with ideas above his station (He carries on like he's minted), and then, because we don't want the young lasses left out from the jokingly patronising skits, we get 'Tilly Mint'. I don't know who Tilly was, but if you ever meet her, please ask her how she got her reputation and let me know!

'Scouser' Is now the way in which denizens of Liverpool are referred to, and, indeed, mostly prefer to be referred to. But ‘Scouser’ as a reference to someone from Liverpool only came to common use around 1940. ‘Scouser’ was originally a derogatory term that implied that the person was so poor that they could only afford to eat decent food once a week and for the rest of it ate leftovers boiled up with potatoes. Scouse, as we know, was originally a traditional Scandinavian dish, but it became known for being a stew made from Sunday's leftovers (and a bit of meat too, if you were lucky!) eaten by the poor. We simply took the insult on our broad shoulders, and turned it around to make it our own salutatory description as a two-fingered gesture to those who would try to put us down.

However, you still get some people - especially those of the older generations - taking offence to being called a Scouser, as it implies that that can't afford anything except leftovers to live on.

My grandmother hated the term. If I were to describe myself as being a Scouser, she would tell me in no uncertain terms that our family were better than that – most likely when she was cooking up a massive pan of scouse from Sunday’s leftovers!

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1) Excerpt from J A Picton’s book ‘Memorials of Liverpool’ referring to a ‘Dicky Sam’

2) Dicky Sam beer mat from the Liverpool Brewery Threlfalls

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