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Essence of Huddersfield captured in verse.

READER John Short recalls some time ago, someone wondering if anyone had ever written a poem on the subject of Huddersfield.

He found the following among old documents and photographs that had belonged to his parents.

It's in dialect and is by F A Carter and was written during the war years of 1939 to 1945. Can anyone shed any light on the poem or the author? John adds, "As I read it several times over, I felt the writer had captured our town in its essence and that very little has changed over the years."

I wonder if you''ve yerd abaat A taan called 'Utthersfi''ld; It''s nooan a showpiece soort o'' spot Wi'' ancient ruins filled.

There''s tall mill chimneys up an'' daan An t''river''s war'' nor nowt; But graand we treyd on, ivvery inch, Bi'' t''taan itsen''s been bowt.

We''ve spinners, weyvers, engineers All throng as throng can be Ready to work for t''country''s gooid Wold they can stand or see.

There''s plenty wark an'' plenty brass -An'' plenty muck, noo daat.

But who cares for a bit o'' muck Wi'' wark an'' brass abaat? An'' stuff we weyve i'' ''Utthersfi''ld All ovver t''world it''s known. Wheerivver first-rate quality Has come into its own.

Soo if you want a bit o'' t''best Just up an ax 'em straight -Is it thra 'Utthersfi''ld?'' an'' then, If they say "Ah" -it''s reight.

An'' when you''re stalled o'' muck an'' reek O''shops an''streets an'' mills A bare hawf-haar on t''trolley bus An'' you''re i'' t''Pennine Hills.

Purple an'' braan an'' grey You''d ommost think that t''gainest taan Were fifty mile away.

Nor dooan''t think nawther 'at us lives Wi'' wark an'' brass is spanned; We''ve musical societies At''s some o'' t''best i'' t''land. Just hearken to t''Messiah, mun -Nooah nightingales i'' t''north? Begow, We''ve nightingales enew.

We''ve plenty lads an'' lasses naah Doin their bit i'' t''war, I'' khaki, navy, Air Force blue, All ovver t''shop they are.

They''ve yerd abaat this grand new world T''Allies is baan to build An'' hopes they''ll sooin be getting'' back To start on 'Utthersfi''ld.


POETS' CORNER: Huddersfield Market place from New Street, submitted by Spencer Elliott of Highburton
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2010
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