Echo Arts Editor, Joe Riley says Farewell

I’ve loved the life of Riley – Liverpool

Have to admit I rarely look at the Liverpool Echo so I’ve not read a great many of the millions of words that Joe Riley has written during his 34 years. In today’s Echo he lists some of the highlights and many there are including

Interviewing Bob Dylan.

Being on the Sooty TV show and interviewing Miss Piggy from the Muppets.

Giving first public backing to the scheme to acquire Superlambanana.

Being a contributor to Liverpool’s successful Capital of Culture bid document.

Helping to ‘discover’ the likes of musicians Simon Rattle, Colin Carr and Stephen Hough, plus then youth theatre actors like all four McGann brothers, David Morrissey, Ian Hart and Cathy Tyson.

Writing about a new mime troupe founded by a Liverpool schoolboy called Clive Barker (later horror story supremo, film writer and painter).

The entire opus that was Eric’s Club; the reinvention of the Cavern.

He’s not retiring completely though, he’ll still be writing his weekly column