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28 October 2014
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Scouse Characters

Liverpool is a city of characters, from the "Exxie Echo" sellers who used to shout their message from street corners, to the dockers and their world famous nicknames.

Some are fictional, like "Gizza Job" Yosser Hughes, created by Liverpool playwright Alan Bleasdale. Or "Rita", from the pen of Willie Russell. Some were "do gooders"- Kitty Wilkinson and her washhouses; Joseph Williamson and his network of tunnels - what you might describe as an early job creation scheme.

Maggie May was well known to sailors - and others - all over the world. Was she real? Or simply the subject of a sailor's song? And who was "Dickie Sam"?

But for all the well known names, there are dozens of local men and women who, for one reason or another, can truly be described as "characters".

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