AMSTERDAM lead singer Ian Prowse says it “means the world to him” legendary DJ John Peel was so fond of his popular hit Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?
Ian, who hails from Little Sutton, was speaking after performing the record at a ceremony in which a Merseytravel train was named after the music icon.
He recalled listening to John Peel as a boy on an old battered radio to catch the latest single by The Jam before delighting passengers with an impromptu repeat on board the train.
Ian said: “Listening to that music changed my life and made me want to become a musician. To have him championing one of my songs years later means the world to me.”
The ceremony was held just before the fourth anniversary of Peel’s death at the age of 65, attended by his widow Sheila Ravenscroft and daughter Alexandra as well as figures from the Merseyside music scene.
Sheila said: “John would be absolutely thrilled to have an engine named after him that’s going to be running around in Liverpool, his favourite city.
“John really cried through a lot of Does This Train Stop on Merseyside? because it meant so much to him.”