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Poem about the good old days in Warrington

Gordon I Gandy

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My dad helped to write this poem from his younger day memories. It's also on my website. Enjoy!



I took a stroll down Memory Lane

To all our yesterdays again,

In and out of streets I paced

Where once as boys and girls we raced.


The neighbours those days clung together

In sunshine or in stormy weather,

Within their hearts a human touch

A splendid thing that meant so much.


Yes, there was sorrow, pain and grief

Good tidings rare, and also brief,

But like the flowers in falling rain

They would blossom out and bloom again.


Through Catherine Street, Watkin Street and School Brow

Where barefoot games are not played now,?

No stonies, no spinning tops

No twopenny haircuts or all off crops.


Monday morning hail rain or snow

We would take our bundles to Uncle Joe,

Everalls butchers, Welsby?s coal,

Gandy?s clogs, tipped heel and sole. ?


Bailey?s fruit stall. Hobley?s Lodge,

Bets at Hayes, cops to dodge,

Fish and chips from Moorcroft?s shop

Then quench your thirst with a swig of pop.


With trundle we would run for miles

Through fields of grass and over stiles,

A paper ball tied up with string?

We would improvise with everything. ?


With bloody knees and hands we played

In worn out shoes and trousers frayed,

Salvation Army Bands came round,

A welcome and inspiring sound. ?


On Walking Day they would stamp your hand

And you fall in behind the band

To march round town with banners high

Then in Bank Park for an Isaac?s pie. ?


Some were rich, but most were poor

But there was always that welcome to any door,

We thought the life we lived was sometimes sad

But it?s worse today because the world?s gone mad.


Yes, memories are made of this

Hard to forget and to dismiss,

I leave this Lane of blessings with a sigh

To life long pals like you and I.


Good luck, God bless in all you do

Each hour, each day, the whole year through.


Thank you


[? GE Gandy and Friends]

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