When Gerry Marsden wrote "Ferry Cross the Mersey" for his group Gerry and the Pacemakers, he was embodying the feeling that all Mersey Beat rock groups had: proud to be Liverpudlian and always eager to leave shore.
The Beatles themselves played "on the Mersey" on a number of occassions, playing at a Riverboat Shuffle concert aboard the M.V. Royal Iris.
You can't do that anymore, but you can still take a Mersey Ferry from Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral. Not on the Royal Iris, unfortunately, but on its sister ship The Royal Daffodil.
In 1957 The Cavern Club started a tradition that would last 40 years: "The Riverboat Shuffles". In fact, it was a 4-hour dance cruise with Fish & Chips and music from local groups such as The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Four J's, The Zodiacs, Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band and Freddy Starr
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