Friday, 26 May 2017

This is the place - a poem about Manchester




The last days were incredibly difficult for the inhabitants of the UK and in particular Manchester. The atrocity has brought people together and some people have been so inspiring with their work, that today I wanted to share this poem by Tony Walsh. A poem about his beloved Manchester, a poem that moved me.

This is the place

In the north-west of England. It’s ace, it’s the best
And the songs that we sing from the stands, from our bands
Set the whole planet shaking.
Our inventions are legends. There’s nowt we can’t make, and so we make brilliant music
We make brilliant bands
We make goals that make souls leap from seats in the stands

And we make things from steel
And we make things from cotton
And we make people laugh, take the mick summat rotten
And we make you at home
And we make you feel welcome and we make summat happen
And we can’t seem to help it
And if you’re looking from history, then yeah we’ve a wealth

But the Manchester way is to make it yourself.
And make us a record, a new number one
And make us a brew while you’re up, love, go on
And make us feel proud that you’re winning the league
And make us sing louder and make us believe that this is the place that has helped shape the world
And this is the place where a Manchester girl named Emmeline Pankhurst from the streets of Moss Side led a suffragette city with sisterhood pride
And this is the place with appliance of science, we’re on it, atomic, we struck with defiance, and in the face of a challenge, we always stand tall, Mancunians, in union, delivered it all
Such as housing and libraries and health, education and unions and co-ops and first railway stations
So we’re sorry, bear with us, we invented commuters. But we hope you forgive us, we invented computers.
And this is the place Henry Rice strolled with rolls, and we’ve rocked and we’ve rolled with our own northern soul
And so this is the place to do business then dance, where go-getters and goal-setters know they’ve a chance
And this is the place where we first played as kids. And me mum, lived and died here, she loved it, she did.

And this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled in puddles, they hurt in the dirt and they built us a city, they built us these towns and they coughed on the cobbles to the deafening sound to the steaming machines and the screaming of slaves, they were scheming for greatness, they dreamed to their graves.
And they left us a spirit. They left us a vibe. That Mancunian way to survive and to thrive and to work and to build, to connect, and create and Greater Manchester’s greatness is keeping it great.
And so this is the place now with kids of our own. Some are born here, some drawn here, but they all call it home.
And they’ve covered the cobbles, but they’ll never defeat, all the dreamers and schemers who still teem through these streets.
Because this is a place that has been through some hard times: oppressions, recessions, depressions, and dark times.
But we keep fighting back with Greater Manchester spirit. Northern grit, Northern wit, and Greater Manchester’s lyrics.

And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity.
Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever.
And we’ve got this place where a team with a dream can get funding and something to help with a scheme.
Because this is a place that understands your grand plans. We don’t do “no can do” we just stress “yes we can”
Forever Manchester’s a charity for people round here, you can fundraise, donate, you can be a volunteer. You can live local, give local, we can honestly say, we do charity different, that Mancunian way.
And we fund local kids, and we fund local teams. We support local dreamers to work for their dreams. We support local groups and the great work they do. So can you help us. help local people like you?
Because this is the place in our hearts, in our homes, because this is the place that’s a part of our bones.

Because Greater Manchester gives us such strength from the fact that this is the place, we should give something back.

Always remember, never forget, forever Manchester.

Written bij Tony Walsh

Marc
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15 comments

  1. This blog post really brought a tear to my eye, it's a lovely post to read. Even though I'm from Liverpool, I spent a lot of my late teenage years in Manchester with friends and it upsets me so much that something like this has happened to one of the best cities I know. Thank you so much for sharing this post. πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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  2. this is beautiful and made me emotional. Thank you for sharing this with us xx

    G

    www.teawithgi.com

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  3. That poem is beautiful, I'm all emotional now

    Becks x

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  4. Such a beautiful, emotional poem

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.com/

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  5. What a beautiful poem, you've got my eyes watering!

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  6. This is a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing πŸ’•

    Hayley | www.crueltyfreehayley.com x

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  7. I love this, it really captures the Manchester spirit and defiance. Thank you xx

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  8. Such a beautiful and emotional poem. Thanks for sharing Marc :)

    Skinnydecxflatte.blogspot.com xo

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  9. Such a touching poem Marc, my family are from Manchester so this really makes me feel proud of my city but sad about what has happened xx

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  10. Thank you for sharing this with everyone and spreading the love for Manchester even further :)

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  11. What an amazing poem, thank you for sharing :)

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  12. This is beautiful Marc thankyou so much for sharing this x

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  13. This was so so so profound, raw and emotional. With everything that has been going on - this is also a great comfort and amazing gesture. I would love to hear you perform this some time. Would you ever consider doing so? Keep up the fantastic work, Marc! X

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  14. Such a beautiful poem to write since the attack. You write so well and I'm glad to of read this.

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