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Old Campsall

It used to have shops, a post office and farms
Now all I see are gates and alarms
Incomers with Audis and BMWs
Have “tidied up” it’s rustic charms

Signs saying “Keep Off” and “Keep Out”
I get the message mate, no need to shout
Southern accents that grate and rub
An empty church and a boarded up pub

No old men sitting on the bench by the phone
Meeting to have their nightly moan
No village hall panto or weekly dance
Village life now stands little chance

They came attracted by the lure
But destroyed the idyll that’s for sure
It’s called progress – or so I’m told
Maybe I’m just getting old…

Old Campsall

Tez Watson

FORRES, United Kingdom

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Campsall where I grew up in the West Riding has been taken over by incomers that have displaced the community and the spirit that existed there – progress I suppose…

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