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Billy Bantam's Bride - A Lancashire poem by George Hull - spoken by Tom Hullock - about 1962
Billy Bantam's Bride - A Lancashire poem by George Hull - spoken by Tom Hullock - about 1962
In the early sixties around 1962-3, I moved with Mum and Dad back to Lancashire where we lived with Elijah and Jessie West in Rosklyn Road, Chorley. This was temporary whilst a new house was being built for us in Lowton near the East Lancs Road.
My pedigree is mixed in the sense that Dad was Yorkshire in origin up to age 7 but then raised as a Chorley lad. Mum was a born and bred Chorley girl.
During this brief period we spent time with Mum and Dad's northern friends and relatives and on this one occasion, we met Mum's Uncle Tom Hullock, one of Edward and Elizabeth's roughly 9 offspring. He was then about 74 and with a deep Lancashire dialect. He sadly died a few short years later. I remember us all listening to Tom's party piece, reciting poems, and dad had set up his tape recorder to catch the moment.
Thanks to Derek Osborne and his donation of an old reel to reel tape recorder, this link will now let you listen in to that well known northern dialect poem, "Billy Bantam's Bride" by Lancashire poet George Hull, and read by Great Uncle Tom.

Translations on a postcard please, but also have a look at this website about George Hull (quite interesting, the poem is on there) http://gerald-massey.org.uk/hull/index.htm