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I’ve sung their praise and I’ll sing it again

How Rob and myself would spend hours there then

In days we could gather and argue the toss

But now they’re all closing and this is our loss.


So long, s’been good to know yuh

Now, though, we say “Cheerio” to

Thorntons, it’s time to forego yuh

These haunts of indulgence are all shutting down

And I’ll lounge in your cafes no more.


It’s not been a hardship I can’t use the pubs

I don’t give a monkey’s I can’t rave in clubs

But Thorntons was special; no others would do

Where else would your tea come with chocolate too?


So long, s’been good to know yuh


I’m soft in the head but I’ll treat Our Gert when

I’ve earned a free coffee when I’ve paid for ten

But I’m not as daft as I’m making it seem

She only gets chocolate if it’s coffee cream


So long, s’been good to know yuh


I’ve bought chocolate Santas and reindeer too

That might cost a tenner when they were brand new;

But I like a bargain so here’s what I did

I’d buy them at New Year when they were a quid.


So long, s’been good to know yuh




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John Coopey

Sun 28th Mar 2021 10:06

Thankyou, Stephen.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 27th Mar 2021 17:17

A funny poem, John, though tinged with sadness. Some people might say it's only a shop, but on that basis Upton Park was only a football ground.

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John Coopey

Fri 26th Mar 2021 19:51

The ones local to us, MC, are invariably sited on retail parks (York, Cas and Donny). Shopping with Our Gert will be a more more dour affair in future,

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 26th Mar 2021 18:42

The name is justifiably popular and I hope the brand can continue
via the online sales that are surely possible through all sorts of
outlets, not least under their own banner. I recall they even had a
shop on the south side of Oxford Street and it may still be there
for all I know, having not been down that way for a while. The cost
of maintaining any shop premises must be daunting - especially in
the last year or so - hardly helped by the demands of unforgiving landlords - or councils who seem unable to act to keep their high
streets alive nowadays, much to their collective shame.

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John Coopey

Fri 26th Mar 2021 07:45

Thanks for the Likes, Kevin, Holden, Aviva and Moon Girl.

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