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Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever

GUEST,Boltonexilesteve 20 Jun 13 - 09:06 AM
Steve Shaw 20 Jun 13 - 09:14 PM
GUEST,Boltonexilesteve 21 Jun 13 - 06:56 PM
Steve Shaw 21 Jun 13 - 08:23 PM
Weasel 22 Jun 13 - 05:38 AM
GUEST,Jack Sprocket 22 Jun 13 - 10:03 AM
Steve Shaw 22 Jun 13 - 07:07 PM
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Subject: Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever
From: GUEST,Boltonexilesteve
Date: 20 Jun 13 - 09:06 AM

Does anyone know of a set of lyrics to the tune of Galway Bay which contains the line

'If you ever cross the Croal to Darcy Lever'?

I've been told about it and would like to sing it to the foreigners here in Yorkshire!

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Jun 13 - 09:14 PM

Dammit, I can't help you much (though I'll swear I've heard that sung), but I can't resist telling you that I, too, am called Steve, that I went to school in Bolton (Thornleigh) in the 60s (though I commuted from Radcliffe via Little Lever on the 52 bus), and, now that I live in Cornwall, I could (at a stretch) justifiably call myself a Bolton exile!


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Subject: RE: Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever
From: GUEST,Boltonexilesteve
Date: 21 Jun 13 - 06:56 PM

Canon Slade meself - and my mum still lives about 1/4 mile from the school. I've never heard it sung but really do want to find it.


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Subject: RE: Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 21 Jun 13 - 08:23 PM

Ah yes - Canon Slade, that green uniform that looked so nice on the girls! Far nicer than the poo-brown of Thornleigh, a constant embarrassment to us chaps! My mum and dad are still going strong and living in Radcliffe. I've tried to find out who sang that song and when, so far without success.


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Subject: RE: Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever
From: Weasel
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 05:38 AM

Ah Radliffe! Home of the gods!


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Subject: RE: Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever
From: GUEST,Jack Sprocket
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 10:03 AM

I've not heard the song, but it must have mentioned the gloriously named Nob End, now site of the
World's biggest Meccano bridge. Wrong side of the Thirteen Arches for me though.


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Subject: RE: Cross the Croal to Darcy Lever
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 07:07 PM

Nob End tip was the favourite haunt of Roy Lancaster and Vicar Shaw (no relation) due to its amazing assemblage of exotic flora. It had been an alkaline waste dump in Victorian times, but the years have softened its toxicity and it's now home to just about the best collection of alien wild plants anywhere in the UK. I spent a whole day there once with Vicar Shaw in the 70s studying the flora. It's not often that you'll hear anyone saying they spent a sublime day on a rubbish dump, but I'm saying it about Nob End right now!


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