26 November 2012

An Anthem for Lancashire

Tuesday 27 November 2012 is Lancashire Day, and to celebrate tomorrow's great day, the Tripe Marketing Board has commissioned a new Anthem For Lancashire by acclaimed Bolton songsmith, Woodly Gutteridge.  The song is sung to the tune of the classic 'This Land Is Your Land': 

This land is thy Lancs, this land is my Lancs
From Bury market to the Blackpool Tower
From the Trough of Bowland to the Fylde Coast waters
This Lancs was made for thee and me.

As I went driving that M6 highway
I saw above me that cloudy skyway
I saw below me that Ribble valley
This Lancs was made for thee and me.

I drove and I broke down and I followed a taxi
To the sparkling sands of  Southport and Formby
While all around me a voice was sounding
This Lancs was made for thee and me.

When the sun came shining, thought I was dreaming
In the dark mills spinning and the roll ups rolling
A voice was chanting, As the rain was stopping,
This Lancs was made for thee and me.

This land is your Lancs, this land is my Lancs
From Salford Uni to the Hill of Pendle
From the River Irwell to the Bay of Morecambe
This Lancs  was made for thee and me. 

Dr Derek J Ripley, the TMB's resident historian and author of Forgotten Lancashire, welcomed the new composition as a fitting tribute to the county and congratulated Mr Gutteridge on his fine lyrics.

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