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Thread #23366   Message #259855
Posted By: AndyG
18-Jul-00 - 05:46 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Tunes for songs
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for songs

Some further information on the song which might explain the transference of "weaver ?" to "Ferranti lad".

As I remember, the Ferranti factory near Oldham made power generation equipment of the sort that goes into power stations. It was part of the heavy industry of the north-west.
[The Ferranti Electronics factory (computers & radar etc) was in south Manchester.]

Ferranti workers in the song would be manual/semi-skilled labour, which fits the context better I think.