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Thread #48566   Message #4187255
Posted By: GUEST,BlackAcornUK
14-Sep-23 - 04:13 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Battle of Sowerby Bridge
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Battle of Sowerby Bridge
It's an interesting one... I think Shibden has had a miniature railway at points, though no aerial slide as far as I'm aware.

On the other thread mentioned above, there's an interesting comment positing that the song may have originally been composed as 'The Battle of Baildon Bridge', in which case Shipley Glen would be a much more fitting location.

Dave Brady himself being from Ilkley, Shipley Glen would likely have also been familiar territory personally, in a way the Sowerby Bridge/Halifax locations perhaps weren't (hence them pronouncing the tutular location 'Sowby' rather than the locally used 'Sorby', and singing 'King's Cross' instead of the locally accurate 'King Cross' - a raised ward on a crest between SB & 'Fax).

Swan Arcade may have sung 'Shipley' in the clubs, though on the debut LP my ears hear 'Shibden' (or, more accurately/authentically. 'Shibdin')