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Readers’ Poetry

POETRY The Old Garden Gate – a remembrance poem

It creaked as he left: The old garden gate He'd promised to fix it But now it was...
The Lancashire Salvager

The Men Who Killed the Dinosaurs

By Eddie Whiteside, Higher Walton, Preston Well I never, reet bad news! The old mill’s coming down, You...
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D-Day

Boots 2

He slept with his boots on Although true sleep is alien to him now A cacophony of...
family photos

Here’s how you can keep your memories safe on National Siblings Day

They may be frustrating, or even annoying at times, but most of us cannot imagine...
Poem by Martin Walker

POEM: Eau Naturelle (or Nel Buffo)

I recently visited TOWCESTER The day so hot – t’was a rowcester! I wish this was CHOLMONDELEY I...
Gods own county

POEM: God’s Own County

You can take the lass out of Yorkshire, but you can’t take Yorkshire from ‘lass. And for...
mill

POEM: Up North by John Williams of Colne

My family moved up North at the start of the war We didn’t have much money,...
Mitchell Street Memories

POEM: Mitchell Street Memories by Steven Taylor from Bury

Running up Mitchell Street cobbles After school, my Granddad and me A race to get home to...
Ian Mcmillan

A Teapot As Big As The Moon | Village Halls Week

Here is the centre and here is the hub Here is community held in a room, Here’s...
poem A knight to remember

A ‘Knight’ to remember

Neil Entwistle, Houghton Let me tell you an old fashioned story A Lancashire tale through and through And...
poetry I wish I could Eat a Cake

I Wish I could Eat a Cake

Winifred Dalley, Colne I wish I could eat a cake Without an inch it would make Or strawberry...
poetry Mother knew the rules

Mother Knew the Rules

By Rod Butterworth, Rochdale If your wife looks in the wardrobe And says there’s nothing she can...
pennines

Pennines

By Derry Jones March, Harrogate I’ve seen them from the east I’ve seen them from the west I...
Poetry Milestones

Milestones

Susie Marshall, via Email The girl is growing up, things are changing. Some barely noticed, just tiny...
Anti smacking poem

Anti-smack

Lionel Morton, Rosudgeon, Cornwall To take a big stick or a strap to a child Who may...
poetry Life is a Dream

Life is a dream

By Irene Nutter, Burnley One is born into this world, as we believe. We enter into the...
poetry Wrens

Wrens

By Stewart Earl Emmott, Cleveleys Nesting in the bushes At the far end of my sheltered garden Wrens...
Dreams

Dream

Ethel Bailey, Colne I dream of a world that’s trouble free A world that’s safe to live...
Keith Hill

POETRY: Pennine Walk by Keith Hill

A Pennine walk on limestone rock Where coarse grass clothes the upland hill. The Herdwicks watch, a...

B&Q customer writes a hilarious poem for a review for a bag of sand

If you think there’s not a lot to be said about a bag of sand,...
Kevin Fitzpatrick

POETRY: Pie Eyed by Kevin Fitzpatrick

By Kevin Fitzpatrick AKA @PieEaterKev via Twitter “I’m just off to the pie shop I’ll only have...
Where exactly is the North?

POETRY: Where exactly is the North?

Kevin Fitzpatrick via email Where exactly is The North? Just how South does it go? Coz ministers responsible Admit...
private thoughts

POETRY: Private Thoughts (King, Country and ‘Mam’)

By Rod Butterworth, Rochdale War was declared and the call came “Your country is in need of...

Random Readers' Submission

READERS’ STORIES: The Chair and the Pills

By Geoff Lowe, Grassington Like a T- shirt hanging about to get dry, Leonard was flopped over the back of the chair. He was 77...

WIN a pair of tickets for a summer evening buffet cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises

The sound of cool jazz will make a triumphant return to the warm South Lakeland evenings next week, during the first Summer Evening Buffet Cruise of the year by Windermere Lake Cruises. We've teamed up with Windermere Lake...

WIN a Family Superior Ticket to Kynren, the UK’s ‘Must See’ Live Action Outdoor Theatre Spectacular

KYNREN – AN EPIC TALE OF ENGLAND Watch legends come to life in a thrilling tale told on an epic scale - 2,000 years in the making. This multi-award-winning live action outdoor theatre spectacular takes you...

Todmorden Country Fair returns for its third year – here’s what to expect

We are now in our third year of the Todmorden Country Fair and have rebranded to Todmorden Game and Country Fair. Our focus this year is education around the countryside. Previous shows have had straw buildings and we are looking forward to...