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Herbie Higgins Court
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COMMUNITY leader Herbie Higgins who spent more than half a century striving to improve people's lives in Toxteth will be remembered as one of Liverpool's biggest funerals.
Thousands of mourners packed into Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday to celebrate the life of Herbie Higgins, who died at the age of 89.
The great-grandad came to Britain in 1951, and although he had a trade as a coremaker, which he learnt in Jamaica, many steelworks in the UK would not employ a black man.
But when he got a job at Stone Manganese Marine, Birkenhead, he became a trade union activist who rose to be a shop steward, and embarked on a public service crusade from where he lived in Toxteth.

Some of his successes down the years include opening the first Merseyside Caribbean Centre, which to this day is still thriving on Amberley Street.

He was also instrumental in the set up of the Steve Biko Housing Association, which sought to improve access to housing for ethnic and vulnerable groups.
He also visited prisoners, was on the board of governors at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts; where he worked with Sir Paul McCartney to recruit more black students and sat on employment tribunals where his knowledge was invaluable.

Mr Higgins daughter, Valerie Marshall, said: “My dad always made people feel that they had real value, and he always treated people the same.
“Whether he was with dignitaries or with prisoners, he had time for them.
“My dad had the heart of a lion and would help anyone at any time. I cant tell you how much Im going to miss him.”
Mr Higgins work was recognised when he was appointed MBE in 1993.
And according to Nigel Mellor, a community development officer at Liverpool City Council who first met Mr Higgins in 1975, he was “the big society”.
He added: “He was involved in a myriad of different things, and made a huge contribution to life in this city.”
Last year a new housing development on Mulgrave Street, Toxteth, was named Herbie Higgins Court in his honour.
Over two thousand people attended Herbie Higgins funeral at liverpool cathedral


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