ON HER MAJESTY’S VISIT…

On

HER
MAJESTY’S

visit

to the town of

BURNLEY

in the

COUNTY OF LANCASHIRE

16th May 2012

 


One

Helicopter over Healy Heights
“Them’s a bloomin’ nuisance they are!”
“It’s fer the Queen, innit!”

I shouldn’t think she’ll see Burnley Wood again
Better make the most of it
Bunting in a Branch Road launderette

Among the wrack of shoe factories
Burnley Wooders gather & gibber
Free flags on Finsley Gate

Two

Sea cadets & waving schoolkids
His well-regaled ‘Worshipfulness’
All stood as tall as chimneys

The Royal Train finally arrives
Across the PC airwaves
‘She’s on her way,’ wide crackles

Outriders approaching
One classy, claret car
& her enigmatic smile

Three

The bridge is bubbling
Best of British welcoming
Asians, Polish, Anglo-Saxons

Onto the Pride of Sefton 2
All splendid, dress’d in mint green
Her highness steps with bouquets

Whirlwind-waves & we are cheering
When I watch her barge departing
With a tear of Burnley pride

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