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Does This ‘John Peel’ Train Stop On Merseyside? October 21, 2008

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Named train a lasting tribute to DJ and music icon John Peel

Legendary DJ and music icon John Peel is being honoured with a train bearing his name.

Merseytravel, will name the train as a lasting tribute to John’s memory.

Family and friends of John’s, who once admitted his second favourite song of all time was Amsterdam’s “Does this train stop on Merseyside?”, will come together to celebrate his life.

Sheila Ravenscroft, John’s wife, will join Merseytravel to officially launch the “John Peel” train and travel on its first journey into the city of Liverpool.

The train will leave Merseytravel’s Liverpool South Parkway interchange at around 3pm on Thursday 23rd October after a short dedication ceremony.

Ian Prowse, from Amsterdam, will perform the song “Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?” at the event in front of guests.

Speaking about the song as part of the Radio One tribute evening, John’s wife Sheila said: “John just loved the song. He always became emotional when he played it. 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!”

Copies of a new book, a collection of John’s writings edited by his wife Sheila called “The Olivetti Chronicles”, will be given out to passengers on the train during the journey.

The train naming ceremony will take place two days before the anniversary of John’s death on October 25th 2004, aged 65.

Train arrivs at 2.45pm on Thursday 23rd October, 2008
Train leaves at approx 3.20pm
Location: Liverpool South Parkway Interchange, Garston, Liverpool

In honour of the great man, here’s a vid of his favourite single, ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones.

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