The striped roofs of the vibrant market stalls with wicker and cheese, the jams and
the town square is inlaid with bronze coloured blocks of lettering, it’s printing past
a side street leads to a grand house hidden behind tall cobbled walls with a tranquil
the skilled craft of blowing heated glass produces delicate ornaments with a crystal
The oval undulating racecourse has a steep uphill finish to the circular winning post of
red and white,
the roar of the excited crowd as racing horses jump the birch fences in winter’s fading
a flooded former quarry has colourful gardens, walkways and exotic bird-filled lakes with
a fleeting electric blue glimpse of a kingfisher from the riverside path that flows alongside
the wildfowl reserve.
The grand facade of a Victorian corn exchange now screens films and stands on a brick
island on it’s own,
a concrete buffer signals a thriving bygone railway line where colourful flowers and plants
are now grown,
the unusual curved shape of two solitary shops opposite a former family store being rebuilt
after a blaze,
a car park’s red brick octagonal hut used to collect tariffs from a cattle auction on bustling
Water cascades over a weir before sedately resting in the mill pond under willow tree
fronds of summer green,
from the top stories of the large multi storied water mill, the shops and building of the
town can be seen,
with an eclectic mix of buildings and shops, a distinctive mixture of the old and new,
this town you loved so dear,
walking along winding narrow streets on days with a thriving farmer’s market,
brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.
In loving memory ofJane Farthing 1929 -2017
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