MEET THE FAB 4 TEAM
The Fab 4 Taxi Tours team is made up of the most amazing people.
All of the gang are eager to make every visit to Liverpool the best it can be and bring a wealth of Beatles knowledge to help make that happen.
We especially believe it’s the passion, energy & expertise of our driver guides that sets Fab 4 Taxi Tours apart.
OUR FAB DRIVER GUIDES
Phil grew up in Everton and is a fan of the Toffees and loves spending time with his family. Phil served in the British Army for 6 years but these days you'll find him enthusiastically showing off the great city he calls home and getting to meet fantastic people from around the world. His favourite Beatles song is 'Across the Universe' and you'll see him driving around in a taxi called Eleanor Rigby. If Phil is your guide, you’ll soon get to realise he is passionate about the Beatles and the city of Liverpool.
Clare is a born and bred scouser having grown up in the city of Liverpool. Clare swims a mile every morning and loves Korean food, travel and being a tour guide. She loves to showcase the city, its people and history of which she is very proud. Clare loves Beatles music, her favourite tracks being 'Free as a Bird', 'Helter-Skelter' and 'I’m Only Sleeping'. For Clare it’s an honour to tell the tale of those four boys and to give people life long memories. For that reason Clare puts her all into every tour even when she’s exhausted.
Alan was born in Walton Hospital and grew up in Anfield which explains why he’s a big fan of the 2020 league champions. He’s also interested in cars and would count the Anglican Cathedral as his favourite icon of the city. Alan enjoys being a tour guide as it gives him the opportunity to show off Liverpool so that people understand why Scousers have such pride for the city and it’s culture. He drives around in a cab called Polythene Pam and 'Rocky Racoon' would count as his fave Beatles song.
Eddie was born in Sefton General Hospital, where Julian Lennon was born. He’s been a cab driver for 42 years, 8 of those as a Fab4 guide and grew up as a teenager when the Beatles were in their prime. Eddie loves being a tour guide because he’s proud of his city and its dry sense of humour and loves to show or explain anything Beatles related. Being a big Beatles fan himself Eddie particularly loves Woolton village and its many Beatles links. His cab is called Penny Lane and his favourite song is 'Get Back' but also likes a bit of 'Hall & Oates'.
The blood of Liverpool flows through Jimmy’s veins. He was a pro footballer in the 1970s and can boast of playing with Kevin Keegan. These days you’re more likely to find Jimmy kicking a ball in the park with his family. Being a free spirit, he enjoys the freedom and flexibility of being a guide and any tour guest can vouch for the fact that Jimmy makes his tours fun and interesting. Jimmy’s cab is called Maggie Mae and his favourite Beatles song is ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’.
Born in Walton in Liverpool Peter attended Liverpool Institute for Boys, the same school as Paul McCartney. Another similarity with Macca is that Peter comes from a musical family and has been a full time musician/performer for 16 years and has travelled around the UK and Europe. His favourite part of Liverpool is Mathew St., the home of the Cavern, Merseybeat and live music. When Pete isn’t rocking you’ll find him driving around the city in his cab called Sexy Sadie showing people from around the world Liverpool’s architecture and music scene. Pete is great fun on tour and will always go that extra mile to put a smile on a customer’s face.
Kevin was born and bred in Liverpool. His big passion in life is cars: from vintage to Formula One... Kevin used to own his own repair garage business. He loves the diversity and excitement Liverpool offers, so when Kevin leads a tour you’ll see passion and a genuine caring for the people on his tour. His favourite Beatles song is 'Hey Jude' and that’s also the name of his cab. His favourite Beatles location in Liverpool is St. Peter's where John met Paul. His daughter, Debbie, is one of the original co-founders of Fab 4 Taxi Tours back in 2007.
Eddie is a larger than life Scouser who in his former life was a truck driver delivering eggs. He was the “The Egg Man”. A life long fan of Liverpool FC, Eddie loves his football and is a proud grandad. Eddie likes meeting new people to swap tales, have a laugh and promote the city and its people. His cab is called My Bonnie, the first recorded song to feature The Beatles. He enjoys Indian, a good Greek Meze and of course his wife’s Sunday Roast. Eddie loves The Beatles and is also partial to Pink Floyd. Mendips, home of John Lennon would be his choice Beatles location.
Born and raised in Liverpool Gareth has worked on a farm, as a trucker, postman, and lived in the Canary Isles. He counts the Anglican cathedral as one of his favourite city icons as it’s a world class building and peaceful. Hobbies include music, reading and photography. Apart from bacon egg and real chips Gareth loves showing off his city in his cab called ‘Michelle’. His favourite Beatles track is ‘I feel fine’ which sums up Gareth’s positivity.
Robbie was born in Liverpool and is a bit of a culinary whizz having worked as a chef for over 20 years. His favourite Liverpool location is St. Peter’s church as that’s where Beatles history was made. Robbie enjoys the simple pleasures of life listening to music, gardening and enjoying a beautifully cooked steak Rossini. He loves meeting tour guests from all over the world who have a shared interest in the Fab 4 to share stories which are unique. His favourite song is ‘I am the Walrus’ and drives a cab called ‘Abbey Road'.
Born in Oxford Street Maternity Hospital Liverpool, John grew up in Kensington. Before life as a tour guide John was a professional car refinisher (car sprayer). His favourite place in Liverpool is Newsham Park closely followed by Anfield Stadium. Being a passionate Liverpool fan one of his life dreams is fulfilled now Liverpool have won the league. He drives his electric cab called ‘Mother Mary’ and his fave Beatles track is ‘A day in the life’. John loves meeting customers from all walks of life and seeing the enjoyment on their faces when they join one of his Beatles tours.
Born in Oxford Street in Liverpool, Tony grew up in Hunts Cross and worked as a teacher for 34 years. He enjoys cooking, walking the dogs, travelling to Italy and cycling. Being healthy and happy is central to Tony’s philosophy and when he meets people from all over the world on his tours they realise the Scouse spirit of friendliness. His favourite Beatles song is ‘The Long and Winding Road’ but also likes a bit of The Pogues. His cab is called ‘Dear Prudence’. His favourite places to visit in Liverpool include the two cathedrals, LIPA, Philharmonic Pub, Everyman Theatre, Pen Factory and The Casa.
Born in Oxford Street Maternity Hospital where John Lennon was also born Tony has a colourful past having been a pub landlord, care worker and then a cab driver for over 20 years. He enjoys drawing and walking. He counts Pierhead as one of his favourite places in Liverpool although it’s the people of Liverpool that are the standout attraction of the city. His favourite Beatles track is 'Strawberry Fields'. Tony loves giving Beatles Tours because he gets to meet people of all nationalities and uses his Scouse sense of humour to make them feel at ease.
Jay was born in the Fairfield area of Liverpool. He used to be a manager of a kid's football team before becoming a Beatles tour guide. One of his favourite places he enjoys spending time, is the world-renowned Liverpool Central Library. Jay enjoys reading and is passionate about all things Beatles related. He enjoys guiding because he gets to meet people from all over the world and seeing how amazed they are when visiting his city and its Beatles locations. You’ll see Jay around town driving a cab called ‘Martha’!
OUR FAB OFFICE SQUAD
Originally from Germany (Lüdenscheid), Alex became involved in the inbound tourism industry in 2004 after moving to Newcastle upon Tyne. Since then, he has successfully launched his own business Northern Secrets Ltd & co-directs Experience North Ltd with his friend and business partner, Paul. Both have dedicated their professional lives to generating business and inbound travel into Northern England. A new chapter for Fab 4 Taxi Tours began when Alex, together with Paul, Val & Lewis, took over the business in 2019. Alex has always loved the Beatles from a young age & one of his favourite songs is 'Penny Lane'.
Lewis grew up in London and loves travelling the world (especially film locations) and spending time with his family. He has a sister company called Brit Movie Tours which he founded back in 2009 which takes fans to TV and Film Locations around the UK. Running Peaky Blinders Tours in Liverpool helped Lewis spot an opportunity with Fab 4 Taxi Tours and ultimately led to joining forces with Val, Paul and Alex to start a new chapter in the story of Fab 4 Taxi Tours in December 2019. Lewis was already a lifelong fan of The Beatles and his favourite songs are 'Across the Universe' and 'Norwegian Wood'.
Val has always loved stories and all the different ways they are expressed: read a book, watch a film, perform on stage, see a painting, hear a song… After graduating with a degree in European Theatre Arts, Val trained as a London tour guide and realised that she could tell (thoroughly researched) stories the whole day long. A few years later she joined forces with Lewis Swan to run Brit Movie Tours. Fantastic, she could watch films, and then talk about them for a living! She later published a series of children's picture books, which had been her daughter’s bedtime stories. In 2019 she was delighted to join Lewis, Paul and Alex in a new venture with Fab 4 Taxi Tours – where she gets to listen to music and tell stories about the Beatles.
Born in London, Paul moved to the Wirral, just across the river Mersey from Liverpool, when he was 5. He has lived in his adopted city ever since apart from a short spell back in London in the 1990's when he attended university. Paul has enjoyed a 25 year career in the tourism industry in Liverpool working at the city's tourism office in various roles until the end of 2008. In 2009 Paul became a freelance tour guide and went on to establish Experience North Ltd with friend and business partner Alex. Seeking to have a break from running shore excursions for cruise ships in the busy summer seasons, Paul answered Lewis' and Val's call to become a Peaky Blinders tour guide. In 2019, with Alex, Lewis and Val, he completed the quartet that became the new Fab 4.
Whilst Lynne hails from Maghull since the age of 8 she’d like to be considered as an honorary Scouser as she loves the peoples wit and outlook (plus she’s married to Alan). Lynne is a real family woman and loves spending time with her children. Her hobbies include Crochet, knitting and playing the Ukulele. Lynne really likes the Beatles statue at the Pier Head, as it’s a great place to meet people from all over the world.
OUR HONOURS SECTION FOR THE FAB 4 FOUNDERS
Debbie hails from Morpeth in Northumberland but has lived in Liverpool since she was 2. She is married to co-founder Terry and has worked as a taxi driver in the past but is now a professional tourist guide aspiring to be the best in her profession. She never gets bored with showing visitors the delights of Liverpool counting Canada Boulevard and Albert Dock as some of the city’s highlights. She enjoys Horse riding, reading and researching tours. She’s also partial to a bit of Queen and U2. Debbie’s hard work over the years is hugely appreciated and has helped put Fab 4 Taxi Tours firmly on the map.
Terry is the start of the story of Fab 4 Taxi Tours. A Liverpool taxi driver who spotted that a bus going down Penny Lane didn’t stop for pictures gave him his Eureka moment and from there the idea of the Beatles Taxi Tours that are very customer focussed was born. Married to Debbie (see above) Terry is very passionate about sharing the city especially the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and the Georgian Quarter. From all of us at Fab 4 Taxi Tours we salute you Terry.