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Thread #117496 Message #2532016
Posted By: Ross Campbell
05-Jan-09 - 10:18 AM
Thread Name: Origins: St.Michael's Beltane Song
Subject: RE: Origins: St.Michael's Beltane Song
Here is a Map of the Parish of St Michael's-on Wyre and links to registers of burials etc It's part of a Parish Clerk's Register project. If you click on the map, it expands and you can track to wherever you want.
To the west of St Michaels you will find Great Eccleston, home of Jack Benson, local countryside columnist for the Blackpool Evening Gazette and author and purveyor of many local tales tall and true. Ron Baxter has converted at least one of his stories into song (The Price of Love), but Jack himself is no mean song-writer, and an eccentric and popular performer of the same. His epic "The Hundred-and Twenty-First Annual Eccleston Whit-Monday Cat-Punching Contest" is intransigently politically incorrect as you might expect, but fascinating in a rabbit-in-the-headlights sort of way, and funny in a holding-your-sides-and-begging-for-mercy way. I think you would appreciate his stuff.