The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #142884   Message #3295855
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
25-Jan-12 - 01:38 AM
Thread Name: Champion at Keeping them Rolling
Subject: RE: Champion at Keeping them Rolling
The Truck Driver's Song by Ewan MacColl from the Topic Songbook

My hotel is the jungle, a caf's me abode
And I'm well known to Blondie and Mary.

The Jungle was indeed a transport cafe (or caf) on the A6 south of Shap summit in the county of Westmorland in the north of England. The Jungle Cafe building still stands, apparently, serving as the offices of Kendal Caravans.

The A6 over Shap Fell was the main north-south road until the opening of the M6 motorway in 1970. There is now a memorial at Shap summit - mounted on a pillar of Shap granite - to the drivers and the workers who supported them.

"This memorial pays tribute to the drivers and crews of vehicles that made possible the social and commercial links between north and south on this old and difficult route over Shap Fell before the opening of the M6 Motorway.

Remembered too are those who built and maintained the road and the generations of local people who gave freely of food and shelter to stranded travellers in bad weather."