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Lyr Add: The Sooth Medomsley Strike

Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive) 03 Apr 00 - 08:25 AM
canoer 03 Apr 00 - 08:38 AM
Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive) 03 Apr 00 - 12:20 PM
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Subject: The Sooth Medomsley Strike
From: Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive)
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 08:25 AM

The Sooth Medomsley Strike

If you're inclined to hear a song, aa'll sing a verse o two
An' when aa's dune ye're ganning to say that every word is true.
The miners of Sooth Medomsley they never will forget
Fisick an' his tyranny, an hoo they have been tret;
For in the midst of danger these hardy sons did toil,
For te earn their daily bread so far beneath the soil;
Te make an' honest living each miner did contrive,
But ye shall hear hoo they were sarved in eye-teen eyety-five.

Chorus
O the miners of Sooth medomsley they're gannin te make some stew;
they're gannin to boil fat Postick and his dorty candy crew;
The Maistors should hev nowt but soup as lang as they're alive.
In memory of thor dorty tricks in eyeteen eyety-five.

Below the county average then  the men was ten per cent,
Yet Fisick the unfeelin cur, he couldn't rest content;
A ten per cent reduction from the men he did demand,
But such a strong request as this the miners couldn't stand.
The notices was all sarved oot, an' when they had expired.
Aal the gear was brought to bank, an' the final shot was fired.
His honest workin men this low-lived man did strive.
He'll often rue for what he did in eyteen eyety-five.

Fisick was detarmined still for tyranny to show;
For to got some candymen he wandered to an ' fro
He made his way to Consett, an' he saa Postick the bum,
He knew he liked such dorty jobs, an' he was sure to come.
Fisick tolled him what to do, an' where to gan an' when,
So at the time appointed, Postick landed wiv his men;
Wi' pollises an' wi candymen the place was aal alive,
Aal through the strike that Fisick caased in eyeteen eyety-five.

commander Postick gave the word an' they started with their work.
But they wor done at fiveo'clock; they dorsen't stop till dark;
An when they'd done aal they could, an' finished for the day.
The bobbies guarded Postick an' his dorty dogs away.
Fisick was a tyrant, the owners was the syame;
For the torn-out o' the strike that wor the men to blame,
Neither them nor Postick need expect they'll ever thrive,
For what they did to Dipton men in eyeteen-eyety-five

-Tommy Armstrong


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sooth Medomsley Strike
From: canoer
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 08:38 AM

Dear Conrad, Greetings from Detroit --

I enjoy your postings of bits of working-class history. One term I never saw before is "candymen." It is also in the "Oakey Strike Evictions" referring to a gang that went with the sheriff to throw the evicted workers' goods into the street.

Could you explain this term to me?

Thanks -- Larry C.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sooth Medomsley Strike
From: Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive)
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:20 PM

dont know the origins but they were the most hated group in the community as they assisted with evictions. Will look it up in my geordie dictionaries and see if there is more.

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sooth Medomsley Strike
From: Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive)
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:23 PM

CANDYMAN. A bum bailiff. The man who serves notice of ejectment. The word is almost always used as a term of abuse or contempt. The reason for this is the way these men were regularly used during mining strikes. Pitmen lived in "tied" houses and if they went on strike the coal owners usually evicted them. To do so many bailiffs were needed. They were recruited from the scum of the towns and many street vendors were among those so employed. Some of the street traders sold sticks of candy, their street cry being Dandy-candy, three sticks a penny. So all bum bailiffs were contemptuously described as candymen.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sooth Medomsley Strike
From: canoer
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 01:17 PM

Thanks a lot! I had thought perhaps they were strikebreakers. I see they could be used that way but the bailiff is the primary origin. Appreciate your work looking that up! :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sooth Medomsley Strike
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 02:19 PM

That was my question, too, Canoer. Thanks, Conrad, my dad will be interested in these, having grown up in an area of mines and strikes, etc. in Colorado.

kat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sooth Medomsley Strike
From: canoer
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 02:34 PM

Hi kat, that wouldn't be Colorado, as in Ludlow, Colorado, would it? Or maybe _his_ father? Famous place to some of us!


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