Bill Shankly’s family recently paid a visit to The Shankly Hotel. Currently under development and scheduled to open in August 2015. Family members included Shankly’s daughter, Jeanette Carline, as well as his grandson, Christopher Carline.
Checking the progress
The family were given a preview of the hotel’s progress and were delighted with how much work has been made on the £20 million development. The first room that has been unveiled to the family features Christopher Carline’s story. He believes he gets his passion for Liverpool FC from his grandfather.
Each room throughout the Liverpool hotel will feature stories not just from the Shankly family, but from former Liverpool players and football fans. Each have a story to tell about the late, great Bill Shankly.
Christopher recently told the Liverpool Echo:
“I wanted to make sure these stories never die and, through the hotel, they can survive.”
What we can look forward to
The hotel will be based inside a 145,000 square foot site. This will include a Bill Shankly museum that will exhibit family memorabilia. A bar and sports-themed restaurant will also open and will pay tribute to different stages of Bill Shankly’s life.
The building, which once served as Liverpool council offices, will also feature a Signature Living hotel, a rooftop garden with an infinity pool, two 175-seat restaurant and a corkscrew slide, which are scheduled to open in 2016.
Do you have a Bill Shankly story to tell? Share your story with us for a chance to win a free night stay when the hotel opens, and your name will also be immortalised into the room’s design. Share your Shankly story: shanklyhotel.com/shankly-stories/
My Shankly Story – Christopher William Shankly Carline
One of the many things that make me so proud is the fact my Nan, Nessie, and my mum, Jeanette, would often tell me how similar I am to my granddad. From the way I walk and my mannerisms to the way I look, right through to how I would analyse things. I would constantly be told: “its just Bill”. My Nan would often get emotional as she felt we were so similar.
This was emphatically advocate one evening following a Liverpool defeat to Leeds at Anfield back in the days of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and co. playing for Leeds United. I was only a teenager and still living at home with my mum, who was, of course, Bill’s daughter. At that age, I was awful to be around when Liverpool lost, and I would often be agitated and pace up and down for hours after the game. Many books have been written on my granddad, but few have covered the story my Nan told about how my granddad was when Liverpool lost. She commented that he would often do one of two things when he got home and had been on the receiving end of defeat: he would either cut grass or clean the cooker. The joke was the cooker at home must have been filthy as it was rare Liverpool would lose under his stewardship.
As a teenager at the time, I had absolute no knowledge of this story. Still clearly upset by the defeat to Leeds I alluded to above; I found myself in the kitchen at home; whereby something from somewhere compelled me to pick up a cloth and clean the hob on the cooker. Following a number of minutes doing this, my mum entered the kitchen and proceeded to display a look of utter shock and awe upon seeing me stood, cloth in hand, cleaning the cooker. I immediately asked if she was okay and if something was wrong; where she then set about telling me the story of how my granddad would clean the cooker if Liverpool lost; and here was me, some years on, his only grandson, stood doing the exact same thing. Shanks alive and well in his grandson!
I love this story for a number of reasons: the sheer wackiness of what my granddad would do following rare defeat; but more so; the immense pride I take knowing I share many of his traits, crazy or otherwise.