AMSTERDAM lead singer Ian Prowse will perform one of late DJ John Peel’s favourite songs during a ceremony in which a Merseyside train will be named after the music icon.
Ian, from Little Sutton, will play an acoustic version of his popular hit, Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?, at Liverpool South Parkway Interchange in Garston tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
Merseytravel, which coordinates passenger transport in Peel’s home region, will name the train as a tribute to his memory.
His wife, Sheila Ravenscroft, will launch the John Peel train and travel on its first journey into the city of Liverpool.
Ian said: “It’s an amazing honour. Sheila and the kids will unveil the train and then I’ll sing the song before we all get on and travel into Liverpool Lime Street.
“I never got to meet John, I was due to when he got back from holiday, but sadly he died. I spoke to him on the phone for an hour though. He wanted us to come and do a session on his show. He told me how much the song meant to him and as a songwriter that’s the highest possible compliment.”
Speaking about the song as part of the Radio One tribute evening, Sheila 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.”
Chair of Merseytravel Mark Dowd said: “We are very proud of the man John was and of his connection with Merseyside. Naming this train in his honour is our tribute to a true broadcasting legend.”