Bolton Calling!

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Bolton Calling!

Working class folk
From a working class town
Bolton calling
Loud n’ proud!
Northern folk
Bolton, Lancs
Got a BL postcode
We're not Greater Mancs!
Built on industry
Built on diversity
We could be a city
Now we’ve got a university!
Work town, boom town
A famous cotton town
Hear the machines
And and the steam engines sound
Samuel Crompton
The Spinning Mule
Ian McKellen 
Went to Bolton School!
Hall i’th wood
Smithills Hall
Even Portsmouth 
Copied our town hall!
Winter Hill
Rivington Pike
Hovis Presley
On the mic
The Octagon Theatre
The little one too
Great poets for you
Ye olde pastie shoppe
Ye olde Man and Scythe
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton’s pride
The white horse final
In ‘23
The Burnden disaster
Remember the 33
Lofhouse, Worthy
Bolton greats
Beating United
In ‘58!
Jason Kenny
Winning golds
Snooker's John Spencer 
And Tony knowles
Astley bridge
Tonge fold
The Jade Assembly
Our Fold
Amir Khan
Franny Lee
Hilda Baker
Maxine Peake
Mark Radcliffe
Sara Cox
Max and Paddy
On the box
Phoenix nights
Peter Kay
Clive Myrie
Vernon Kay
Moss Bank Park
On Moss Bank Way
Carr's pasties,
Warby's bread
And a pasty barm 
Every day!
A food n’ drink fest
Every year
Traffic jams
On the Kearsley spur
Fred Dibnah
Stu Francis
Alan Ball
David Jack
When I go away
I want to come back
From Westhoughton
Up to Leverhulme Park
From Breightmet
Up to Anglezarke
From the Wanderers Stadium
To the canal at Nob End
Cheering the Whites
On the Lever End
It’s Bolton Calling
It makes us tick
We get our kicks 
On the A666!!

Jeff Dawson November 2016

◄ Peterloo - Two Hundred Years On

#RoomsForManchester ►


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Wed 23rd Nov 2016 16:49

Jeff although from the south I admire and respect the sheer warp and weft of your poem - a wonderful bombardment of detail and all soaked in character. There is never going to be a comparable example south of Watford, unless you count Betjeman's examples of course !
Definitely one to listen to live .


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Laura Taylor

Tue 22nd Nov 2016 10:57

Haha good one Jeff!!

Particularly like that last line. Me and Bob call it the A Road of the Beast ? It goes bloody everywhere does that road!!

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Andy N

Mon 21st Nov 2016 21:37

so much Jeff you this poem.

great to see it in print.

hope i get chance to hear you read this soon.

great stuff

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Mon 21st Nov 2016 19:40

i love this one Jeff, you incorporate so much into it..

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Dave Morgan

Mon 21st Nov 2016 18:20

Heard this a few times Jeff but it's interesting to see it in print. A catalogue of Bolton life.

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