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People in Liverpool: Brenda Murray, local historian

Super snapper Stephanie de Leng learns from her latest subject that sardines are the way to stay around to tell the tale

Published on February 11th 2010.

People in Liverpool: Brenda Murray, local historian


BRENDA, 85, is a formidable woman, of that there is no doubt. Hale and hearty, she has not spent a day ill in bed in 45 years.

Her preferred mode of transport is the bicycle, and of modern technology she will have no truck. I can personally vouch for the fact that she does not lack omega 3 oils. When I arrived at her bungalow for the arranged shoot there was something distinctly fishy in the air of the house.

“You don’t mind if I finish off my lunch”, she stated, rather than asked, “I am running a little behind time.” It was grilled sardines and salad – "delicious," she declared, "my favourite."

No, Brenda’s raison d’être is to bring to the public attention the historic aspects of her native area, Seaforth, and by so doing help to reverse its decay. She is

determined and persistent, and marches straight ahead in her mission. No one denies a request from Brenda Murray, and certainly not Brenda herself.

“I have far too much to achieve still”, she informed me, “so will be here on Planet Earth for quite some time yet.”

A week after our shoot, Brenda arrived to collect a small print of this photo. She was appalled.

I found her reaction rather intriguing, for I thought she, of all people, would be taken with the well-preserved period details of her face. But no, Brenda is like anyone else after all. She preferred a more benign image with her bicycle!

*Stephanie’s first book “People in Liverpool” is available from various retail outlets or directly through her website www.stephaniedeleng.co.uk for only £15.98 including postage.

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David J ColbranJanuary 14th 2010.

Really nice portrait - love her expression!

Norman KennyJanuary 14th 2010.

Love the photo, crystal clear, I'm going to start eating sardines lol..

On my bikeJanuary 14th 2010.

That's a stunning image, Stephanie, and I hope when I'm Brenda's age, I still want to sock it to 'em.

Tony PaesMay 26th 2011.

I met Brenda Murray myself recently, she has a remarkable presence and drive, my pleasure to help her prepare for a presentation, Tony Paes, Senior Lecturer, Hugh Baird College

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