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Train to be named after Peel

Legendary BBC Radio 1 presenter John Peel is to have a train named in his honour, this coming Thursday – two days before the 4th anniversary of his death.

Merseytravel, which coordinates passenger transport in his home region of Merseyside, will name the train as a lasting tribute to John’s memory.

Family and friends of John’s, who once admitted his second favourite song of all time was Amsterdam’s “Does this train stop on Merseyside?”, will come together to celebrate his life.

The train will leave Merseytravel’s Liverpool South Parkway interchange at 3pm on Thursday 23rd October after a short dedication ceremony.

John’s wife Sheila, speaking on Radio 1, said: “John just loved the song. He always became emotional when he played it. He wasn’t capable of playing it without crying. If he played it on the radio he’d have to put something on straight afterwards because he wouldn’t be able to speak. When he played it at home, he’d always need a cuddle afterwards.

“We are just really delighted that John is being honoured with this train. He would have loved it!”

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