Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week in we are joined by Proprietor 111, Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips!
Who are you?
I present the lunchtime phone-in programme between 12 and 2 every weekday on BBC Radio Merseyside
What is your greatest achievement?
To have married wisely and between the two of us, have brought up two daughters who are happy and successful.
Can you give one interesting fact about yourself?
When playing one of the Ugly Sisters in a production of Cinderella at the Neptune Theatre (now the Epstein), one reviewer wrote that ‘I had the best legs in Liverpool’.
What brought you to The Athenaeum?
When she was President, Liz Christie, who has sadly passed away recently, encouraged me to join. (I had previously refused when the Club was male only). I stayed a proprietor for various reasons, but perhaps chiefly because I want this part of Liverpool’s heritage to continue.
Is there anything you would like to change about the Athenaeum?
I don’t know if we do, but we should have a trial membership
Do you have any Athenaeum memories or stories that you would wish to share?
Perhaps my greatest memory is meeting former President, Frank Moran, who befriended me and introduced me to his many friends. He used to invite us all to his home in Fulwood Park where he cooked amazing dinners – and very boozy ones at that.
What would you say to anyone considering joining the Club?
As I have done with anything new throughout my life – give it a try for a few weeks. I’m sure you’ll end up joining permanently.