Iíve been looking online at the superb Old Higsonians beermats from the late Sixties-early Seventies.
The older drinkers among us may remember they were issued by Higsonís Brewery and featured many wittily-named Merseyside characters as Famous Old Higsonians.
These included the teddy boy Rock Ferry, the musician Phil OíMonic, the Frenchman Pierre Head and the Liverpool supporter Ann Field.
There were also a couple of scruffs called Birk íní Head (see picture).
But I seem to remember similar cartoon characters, called Berk íní Ed, or Burke íní Ed (or other variations) being featured elsewhere much earlier.
I vaguely recall a cartoon strip called Birk íní Ed in the Birkenhead News
, or possibly the Liverpool Echo. And I am sure two characters with a similar name were featured in one of the old comics Ė possibly Film Fun, or a later comic called Buster.
As usual, old age may be playing tricks with my memory. But if anyone remembers these earlier incarnations, Iíd be interested to hear.