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Looking Back.....


.....to June 1982



Ian Sutton used to do the covers for the magazine and I think the one he did for this issue was one of his best!

Notice how 28 pages was considered a bumper issue for the festival season! These days 44 pages is the norm. 


Song of the month in this issue was a little bit different in that it was a poem in Lancashire dialect called 'Owd 'Ercules' by John Dowding

 ("Dowding? Dowding? - that name seems familiar" I hear you ask - All right - it's my dad - but we didn't get many poems and this is the only one I could find in my collection of the magazine)

If you intend reading it, it's always best to read dialect poems out loud (to yourself, in a locked room, away from other ears until you get it right) - or if you want a laugh, come round and I'll get my mother to read it to you!


I've got a good scan of this page so it won't be written out again. If you find that you can't read it though, let me know and I'll type it out again underneath.


You may be interested to know that the Lancashire Dialect Society has been reformed and is on the lookout for new members. Click on the link above to go to the website and have a look at what's going on.


From a performance by Harry Boardman:

A chap from London was talking to Jemmy. Jemmy was telling him how Lancashire was reet gradely and how we had gradely women, gradely men, gradely houses and a gradely Tower at Blackpool.

The London man stopped and said 'See here my man, this word "Gradely" you keep using- I don't know what it means and I've tried looking it up in this dictionary but I can't find it anywhere.'

'Ahhh' said Jemmy 'It's noan a gradely dictionary then is it!'


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