Yesterday we received this super poem by Bill Lancashire , one of our readers, with a message of which the following is part .... I love how it has been written in Hyde dialect, too !
"As a born and bred Hydonian (Aspland) it's brought back many memories and I've spotted quite a number of old, familiar faces and places.
Anyway, a few years ago, after reading the 'Homes for Sale' pages in the North Cheshire and the Advertiser, it struck me how - according to the estate agents - Gee Cross was seemingly expanding almost week by week.
It prompted me to write this small poem. It still makes me smile. So maybe it will tickle a funny bone for some of your readers. Especially the 'older Hydonians' (like me)."
THE RAMPAGING HORDES OF JAY CROSS
A long time ago when’t Big Tree still stood
Jay Cross boundaries were fixed.
Then, most o’ folks kept thisen to thisen
And Jay Cross an Heyd rarely mixed.
Booth’s, Barton’s and Bagsher’s
Them were’t most prominent clans.
But they ne’r ventured much outa Jay Cross
They liked to stay on their own lands.
But now things are different and Jay Cross has grown
Thanks to their invasion plans.
Rampaging thro’ Heyd, annexing street after street
Like a swarm o modern day Ghenghis Khans.
They’re led by marauding estate agents
Intent on conquering all of Heyd’s land.
If thi can say th’ouse stands in Jay Cross
It’ll put up price a few grand.
Marlborough and Dowson Roads soon surrendered
Crushed ’neath the invader’s cruel boot.
Then Cheetham, Grosvenor and Foxholes
And Clough Fowt soon followed suit.
Reading a recent North Cheshire
Am sure as it conna a bin reet.
It said, “For sale, located Gee Cross”
And that were in Bradbury Street.
The estate agent colonels keep driving their troops
And Heyd’s streets continue to fall.
It wunna be long now afore folk haf t’ shop
On’t market, opposite Jay Cross Town Hall.
Heyd’s only hope is to sign a few treaties
Wi towns who can lend ’em an hand.
Bi sendin in troops to help Heyd feyt back
As they try to reclaim their lost land.
But it’s all too little, too late now
Because Jay Cross battle flag’s unfurled.
So far it’s only Heyd that they’ve invaded
But tomorrow, they’ll conquer the world.
© Bill Lancashire December 1998
Gee Cross 1910
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Thanks a million, Bill ! :)