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Audlem on national radio – briefly

16th June 2009 @ 6:06am – by Audlem Webteam
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Audlem made it on to national radio yesterday, BBC Radio 2 to be precise where, at lunch time, there was a discussion about re-opening branch railway lines. These were closed by Lord Beeching in the 1960s, an event that was immortalised by the singing duo Flanders and Swann. That song, Slow Train, was played on the show and goes as follows:

Millers Dale for Tideswell
Kirby Muxloe
Mow Cop and Scholar Green

No more will I go to Blandford Forum and Mortiehow,
On the slow train from Midsummer Norton and Mumby Row,
No churns, no porter,
No cat on a seat,
At Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Chester-le-Street
We won't be meeting again on the slow train.

I'll travel no more from Littleton Badsey to Openshaw,
At Long Stanton I'll stand well clear of the doors no more,
No whitewashed pebbles,
No up and no down,
From Thornby Four Crosses to Dunstable Town,
I won't be going again on the slow train.

On the main line and the goods siding,
The grass grows high,
At Dog Dyke, Tumby Woodside, and Troublehouse Halt.
The sleepers sleep at Audlem and Ambergate,
No passenger waits on Chittening platform of Cheslyn Hay,
No-one departs, no-one arrives,
From Selby to Goole,
From St. Erth to St. Ives,
They all passed out of our lives.

Railway fame, it seems, is never forgotten.


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