September - T-I-A!
Punched back into the late summer English sunlight with a healthy tan and batteries fully recharged, this month’s highlights were two very different hotel tours. The first in the evergreen Cumbrian Lake District, with accompanying stunning scenery. The second continues last month’s football theme, 400 yards from Anfield stadium. Yes you guessed it, it’s the latter I’m focussing on in this month’s blog.
Hotel TIA (This is Anfield) for the uninitiated references the famous sign superstitiously touched by the players just before they walk out onto the pitch. Its Norwegian owners Jostein & Ragnhild Ansnes and Tage and Kamilla Herstad wanted to create a hotel that was ran by fans, (like many Scandinavians they adore LFC) for the fans.
Well, they’ve achieved just that and the Hotel is a resounding success after 18 months of being open. Hotel TIA is visited not only by Reds fans worldwide but equally pleasing to the owners, frequented for pre and post match drinking and singing by local fans.
Singing? Yes the famous KOP is transported to TIA’s large rear beer garden conducted from the cafe terrace by local musical hero Jamie Webster. The atmosphere created before and after games (courtesy of only one defeat this season) is really something to witness regardless of where your football allegiances lie.
For this tour we went to town capturing the whole scope of Tage’s collection of LFC memorabilia which ranges from Peter Crouch’s blood stained shirt from his broken nose againstSheffiel Utd and Steven Gerrard’s Worthington Cup winning shirt, to it’s bar front barrier rescued from the KOP’s terraces before it turned all seater. Each piece lovingly placed in it’s timeframe via interactive tags with pictorial or video evidence where possible.
I’m glad to report the owners were delighted with the finished tour and with over 50K visits to date it serves as a great way to entice any die hard Red from home or away to visit this shrine to Shankly, Paisley, Dalglish and many of the players who’ve proudly worn the Liver Bird on their chest over the years. The tour cost has easily been recouped by the many direct bookings that have been placed as a result of a visit to the tour which has pride of place on TIA’s website homepage.
To virtually visit Hotel TIA go to: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=BrszfDN1QxE