From Bold Street to Sold Street . As other areas continue to feel the bite, one of Liverpool’s most famous thoroughfares is thriving.”And all in the middle of a recession, the rise of the internet and the blossoming of Liverpool ONE,” says Mike Doran, communications manager for Liverpool BID Company.”The only vacant units now are the Lyceum, Waterstones and Ryan Vintage so Bold Street has a vacancy rate of just 2%, compared with 10% in the city centre and a national average of 12%. Some towns are approaching 25%!”And he adds: “It’s because Bold Street is perfectly placed geographically, connecting the retail district with the university district.”And because, with so many independents, it has both character and characters. People feel the warmth and the spirit of the ‘community’, the shopkeepers who refer to each other as neighbours.”In pictures: Bold Street now and through the yearsDominated by St Luke’s Church at the top end of the street, it isn’t difficult to see why so many flock to this Bohemian section of the city.The eclectic collection of shops, cafes and restaurants is reflected by those who wander past, from young to old; students to businessmen and women, and from every culture and ethnic group.Even on a sunny midweek morning, the pavements are populated: some passing swiftly by, others stopping briefly to gaze into the shop windows or enjoy the sounds of the trumpeter (interrupted only by the buoyant boom of the bargains being broadcast from the nearby clearance clothing shop).Standing alone, he launches into What a Wonderful World, a sentiment echoed by those whose heads turn to listen and smile, and by those who have put their money where their mouths are and are trying their luck in this colourful corner of the city.Matt Blakey, 42, had the choice of Manchester or Liverpool in which to set up The Custom Cupcake Company, which he owns with his wife, Kelly, at the end of last year.He opted for Liverpool.Matt, from Warrington , says: “Liverpool has family values and a close network, which fits with our ethos.”No disrespect to Manchester, but it’s a big place and unforgiving.”Ever since Capital of Culture particularly, Liverpool has been getting better and better.”And it loves the small guy, the independent as does Bold Street.”On entering The Custom Cupcake Company, it’s a little like wandering into the world of Willy Wonka which was Matt’s aim as you are greeted by tower upon tower of rainbow coloured cakes.
Mr. Arun Kapil said the Folice have so far refused to register a cast against the accused police officials. He urged the court to transfer the case to an independent agency as interested Delhi Police would not brine out the truth in their investigation.