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Thread #11030   Message #2995402
Posted By: GUEST,Frank O'Brien
28-Sep-10 - 02:41 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Battle of Sowerby Bridge
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Battle of Sowerby Bridge
I was talking to my mother about this song on a visit to Leeds last week. She's a centenarian and remembers parts of the song from when she was very young.

This one began:
The Battle of Sowerby Bridge was fought on the forty fourth of March.
The men of the Wapping Fusiliers they marched as stiff as starch.
And when they came to Baildon Bridge the enemy were in sight.
We filled our guns with tiger nuts and that began the fight.

It's interesting to see the number of different local versions that have been circulating.