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General view of the Hebble Valley, in the Denfield and Bracewell areas of Ovenden, Halifax, West Yorkshire, looking from Brackenbeds, Pellon, Halifax across towards Wheatley, showing a terrace of old stone houses in the foreground and a modern council estate on the opposite side of the valley.  

1962 - 1976
Harvest Festival

 

Friday night

A full moon

Harvest Festival

 

From home

Across the Way

Up the Crescent

Down the Gardens

Past The Lamppost

To B’s

 

Where B was wolfing down his tea –

Burnt bangers, mash and Heinz baked beans.

 

Ready at last

Beetle-crushered

Beatle-jacketed

Crew-cuts brushed

Off we dashed

 

Up the Gardens

Past The Lamppost

Through Jack’s Field

Down Slippy Bank

To the Youth Club

 

Collecting paper bags ready-filled

With Christian kindness and goodwill

 

Bright red apples

Over-size oranges

Over-ripe bananas

Grapes of many colours

 

With all the bags pre-door-numbered

Into the Wheatley Valley we thundered

 

Banging on doors

Ringing on bells

Hearing the occasional

“What the bloody hell!”

 

The Moon lit up the faces

Of the old folks as they thanked us

For the bags of fruit we’d brought them

 

Then when we’d finished

 

Up Slippy Bank

Through Jack’s Field

Past The Lamppost

Down the Crescent

Across the Way

Back home

 

 

© Rowland Hill

Picture 10437514, photograph by John Gay, 1960s-1970s, image copyright Mary Evans / Historic England Collection

 

 

Rowland Hill is a retired charity accountant. For many years he has written lyrical verse to celebrate birthdays, weddings, etc of family, colleagues and friends. Occasionally he has attempted to write more serious poetry, much more so since he began attending “Poetry with Friends” events run by Gail Curry and Elaine Cusack, and the Happy Planet Creative Arts of which they are Directors. He is very interested in the works of Ted Hughes. Recently published items can be found at rowlandpaulhill.wordpress.com