I was born in Merseyside, and Liverpool has been and always will be my home. If someone asks me what’s so great about Liverpool, I’d tell them, it’s the people. Liverpool people are the best. They’re kind, generous, polite and have a good sense of humour, you’ll never beat them. The people are boss.
‘The Beatles were the best band in the world.’
There are loads of places to visit if you come here. There’s the Albert Docks. There’s loads of museums and art galleries down there. St George’s Hall has lots of stuff on and there’s The Beatles. Obviously that’s number one – you’ve got to come and see stuff to do with them. On Mathew Street, in the city centre, there’s the Cavern Club where they started playing along with loads of other bands. People come from all over the world to see stuff about The Beatles. They were the best band in the world – they were and still are. You’ve also got the Magical Mystery Tour, which takes you round all the places in Liverpool connected to them, including Penny Lane, which was in one of their songs.
Another great thing about this city is that we have two of the best football teams in the world: Everton and Liverpool. Trophies won galore. I’m an Evertonian myself but both stadiums are worth visiting. If you go to the Liverpool stadium you can see the memorial to the Hillsborough disaster. It’s worth a visit. It’s important we remember what happened.
Apart from all that there’s loads of other things to do here. We have great shopping, good places to eat, good nightlife. You don’t get an atmosphere better than in Liverpool. You can go to London, you can go anywhere, but you won’t get people as good as Scousers.
It’s easy to find your way around the city. There’s a good train system, which runs under the city and even under the Mersey over to Birkenhead and the Wirral. And if you get lost while you’re here, just ask a Scouser.
There’s always loads going on in Liverpool as well. Loads of concerts, plays and events. If there’s one thing you definitely can’t miss this year it’s the Irish Festival, which is in October. It’s massive. There’s a big Irish population in Liverpool and everyone has a great time here. There’s stuff happening all over the city over a week or more and it’s brilliant. There’s also the Liverpool Comedy Festival on in September which has loads of events on.
I would never live anywhere else in the world, even if someone paid me to leave and never come back. I’ve got family here. It’s my manor. I can walk down any street and there’s always someone I know to say hello and have a laugh with. Liverpool is the place to come. And when you do, make sure you stop by my pitch and say hello.
Interview: Christian Lisseman
Les sells Big Issue North outside Marks and Spencer in Liverpool City Centre