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(A little belated.  He died in 1982.  But never forgotten.)


This elergy marks t’sad decline o’ Barnsley’s market ‘all

Epitomised by t’absence of one vacant butcher’s stall.

Its loss a cause o’ lamentation, keening an’ far worse

Purveyor ‘ere par excellence of pies – owd Albert ‘irst.


They mun speak o’ Melton Mowbray but owd Albert ‘ad ‘em beat

Not least because ‘is growlers all contained a wodge o’ meat.

While others boast o’ Wigan mouthin’ Lancashiric lies,

But mention Albert ‘irst? they’ll look away an’ drop their eyes.

You’d get yer sweetbreads an’ bull’s brains an’ others o’ such type

Black puddin’, cow’eel, elder, ‘aslet an’, ‘o course, o’ tripe.

So t’spread at knurr an’ spell match wa’ no foreign fancy grub

But scratchin’s an’ ‘is growlers did fer tapas down at t’pub.

‘is stand pies they wa’ legend, an’ I can vouch fust ‘and

They got their name from ‘ow they made yer up’ill mutton stand.


Nutritious poncey options like quinoa could bugger off

It’s pies that put some spine in Boycott, Trueman, Darren Gough.

So raise thi pints o’ Oakwell beer an’ drink thi local dry

An’ toast Owd Albert’s passin’ an’ The Albert ‘irst Pork Pie.










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John Coopey

Fri 17th Nov 2017 22:35

Thanks, Ray. In Barnsley it's "poo-wuk".
Harry - I don't think so. And neither does uphill mutton for us these days.

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Harry O'Neill

Fri 17th Nov 2017 22:26

A magnificent piece of praise John!

( By the way, does corned mutton still exist?)

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Fri 17th Nov 2017 20:46

Beats the hairy bikers specials I reckon John. What a lovely tribute , lifted my spirits right enough! I knew a lad from Accrington and his pronunciation of pork was more like Porick. Alas poor porick.


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John Coopey

Fri 17th Nov 2017 17:30

Thanks, MC. They speak in tongues there known only to themselves.
His pies outlived Albert, in fact. The business was continued after his death by his lad, Albert, I believe. But no longer.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 17th Nov 2017 16:41

I'll drink t'that!
Clearly, when it came to quality, 'irst was first".
This is surely platform material - guaranteed to get them

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