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Tribute to DJ Peel on right track

Sheila Ravenscroft at the train
Sheila Ravenscroft said Liverpool was her husband's favourite city

DJ John Peel would have been "very emotional" and "honoured" that a train had been named after him in Liverpool, his widow said.

Sheila Ravenscroft took a trip on the Merseytravel engine from the city's South Parkway interchange.

The 59-year-old said: "To have an engine named after you in Liverpool, his favourite city, is just an honour beyond his dreams."

Merseytravel said the tribute was "to a true broadcasting legend".

Ian Prowse, from the band Amsterdam, performed the song Does This Train Stop On Merseyside? before Mrs Ravenscroft unveiled a plaque.

"I'm actually really honoured to be asked to come here today because John would have been truly thrilled and very, very emotional," Mrs Ravencroft said.

John Peel
John Peel was born in Heswall

"He was born in Heswall. He worked in Liverpool when he left school.

"Even when he was in the Army right down in Anglesey he used to get on his little motorbike and come up all the time for the matches.

"He talked about it a lot."

Councillor Mark Down, Merseytravel chairman, said: "This really is a very great occasion because we have come here to honour a very, very great man.

"We are very proud of the man John was and his connection with Merseyside."

Peel died in October 2004 aged 65 after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Cuzco, Peru.

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