Mickey Dalton

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Mickey Dalton was quite well-known

an exceptional character of particular note

he charmed or bemused the beholder

playing the gent or acting the goat


for proverbial urination

Mickey hadn’t a pot or a bowl

but was always impeccably turned out

whenever he collected his dole


in fresh pressed suit and bowler hat

and a flower in his lapel

he marched with any creed on walking day

that dandy-dressed ne’er-do-well


Wiganers either knew or knew of him

Mickey Dalton was a household name

his biography featured in the Wigan Observer

such was his infamous fame


in his garden I saw him in his prime

whiling away the day and the hours

Josef Locke playing on a wind-up gramophone

as he watered his bright plastic flowers


regrettably and unfortunately though

his bite was worse than his bark

and he suddenly lost much favour

when the dandy became a police nark

◄ Remembering the River Douglas

Southport line IV: 1971 (Easter outing to Southport from Wigan Wallgate Station) ►


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J R Harris

Thu 9th Aug 2018 10:55

Thanks Sal. Glad you liked it. I could have written an epic manuscript on Mickey but I settled for an accurate summary.

Big Sal

Tue 7th Aug 2018 16:41

2nd and 5th stanzas gave me a laugh, but more importantly are excellent in substance - as is the whole piece. Nice one J R.?

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J R Harris

Fri 6th Jul 2018 13:26

Thanks Ray.
Joseph Lock was a great singer and I reckon he could compete with David Whitfield and Mario Lanza

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Thu 5th Jul 2018 23:20

WE all love a good character, not necessarily OF good character JR. The last verse is a clincher. No many people now would now how famous Joseph Locke was but i'm old enough!


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J R Harris

Thu 5th Jul 2018 18:13

Thanks Brian. I guess every town and city has one!

<Deleted User> (18980)

Thu 5th Jul 2018 16:01

Good true story well told JR. We had a character in Worcester, George cant recall his surname but everyone called him Chicken George.

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