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Liverpool’s City Historian retires

Liverpool’s City Historian has retired after over 25 years of service.

Steve Binns, who has been blind since birth, has run guided tours of the town hall and St George’s Hall since 1990.

Steve was presented with a unique 3D model of the town hall at a special retirement presentation yesterday (31 October).

He relies on memory and a precise knowledge of a building’s positioning, layout and design features when doing his tours.

His work led to him receiving an MBE from HRH Prince Charles in 2004, and an honorary degree from Liverpool John Moores University for History in 2007.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, gave him the special model of the original town tall in a surprise presentation yesterday afternoon.

Cllr Kennedy says: “Steve is as much a Liverpool institution as any of the famous buildings that he gives tours of, and we are very sad to see him retire.

“He has entertained thousands of visitors and tourists over many years, giving them an in depth picture of the history of our amazing city.

“What is so remarkable is that he has done all of that without actually seeing any of the buildings that he knows every inch of.

“He has been a fantastic servant to the city and I am delighted to have been able to present him with a unique momento of the original town hall on the occasion of his retirement.”

The model that has been created is of the town hall which preceded the current building and was built in the late 1600s.

It was sited where the Royal Bank of Scotland is now located at the junction of Dale Street and Exchange Street East, and was known as the Exchange, because the ground floor had an open colonnade for merchants and market traders to carry out their business.

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