Thursday, 16 August 2012
Blue Peter Pub
A fictional pub in Lowry's short story 'Enter One In Sumptuous Armour"; “Drawing near the Birkenhead dockside the pubs came thick and fast, with sea-sounding names here: ...... the Blue Peter....” in ‘Enter One In Sumptuous Armour’ (Psalms Pg. 233).
Lowry may have chosen the name because of the connection to the sea - the Blue Peter is a flag which means in harbour: "All persons should report on board as the vessel is about to proceed to sea" - which would have appealed to Lowry as he may have drank in the pubs before he set out on his 1927 voyage to the East, or he may have been thinking of the nautical magazine Blue Peter which he used to read.