Poem for Simon by Ian Loughran

I remember Simon’s smile


Waiting in Skelhorne street station, you humming tracks from station to station.

As was your way.

Me humming tracks from No more heroes, as was my way.

Trying not to catch the eyes, of the hard ass guys.

The Skelhorne Scalies, they failed to score, and now want to make you sore.

To give meaning to their evening, as was their way.

Lucky the bus opens up, the last L3 from town to Crosby.

It went at 11.30, full of people quite squiffy.


You said your shoes were on fire, I called you a liar.

We both laugh till our sides ache, as was often our way.

We talk of music, of Zeppelin, the Velvets and of course Bowie.

As was our way.

Skelhorne Street Scalies, now far away, not that we cared, we always went our own way.


Susan Savage and the Amazingly Insane Mango Orchestra Featuring Hugo Ball in his paper suit and conical hat.

It was our band name, its 88 characters would fit in a tweet, but flyer printers did not find it neat.

We allowed no abbreviations, much to promoter consternations.


You once built a synthesiser from wire and glue, there was nothing you could not do,

if it was a thing you put your mind to.

Multi-talented was a perfect description, for someone building a synth in a kitchen.

We sent a tape to your cus Paul Mac, He sent encouraging words back.

Cheers Macca.


Bethesda Wales, where we last met, for chips and ales. And talked and talked of music and girls.

We laughed till our sides ached, as was our way.


Now you’re gone, what do I say? It’s the hardest part to write, to get it right.

Where do I start? Best to go straight from the heart.

I miss your big heart.

I miss your friendship.

I miss your talent.

I miss your SMILE,

and YOUR way.

You were one in a billion.

And still are to me.

© Ian Loughran 2017.

Collection at Central Station AND Christmas Fair at Ashville Lodge

We really had our work cut out that day. 10:00am we landed at Central Station in Liverpool, set up the banners, started to collect until 12:00 noon when our relief crew arrived. Then we dashed to Ashville Lodge in Birkenhead to take part in the Craft Fair.

We had arranged to set the stall up on Friday and for someone to attend the stall for us till we arrived at 12:30pm. By 4:00pm we had had enough and were glad to see other stalls packing up. Altogether it was a very successful day; £341.80 from Central Station and £221.50 from the craft fair.

Liverpool Collection

We had a marathon collection at Central Station, Liverpool on 16th August 2008.

Paul and Carol were there from 10am to 4pm with buckets, joined by Helen, Russell, Marie, Steve Tam (from the Capitol Chinese Restaurant) and Andy Morgan (Steve’s friend). It was a long day but the public were very generous. Andy ceratinly added a special something when he arrived. The grand total was £465.09.

We think Simon would have been proud of our stamina.

Take a look at some pictures of the event in our gallery.