Our theme this week: Home Town or City where you were born, or where lived in, or some place that you relate to.
Now this is a toughie for me, because as far as I know there are no songs about Poole, Dorset, UK!
I thought outside the box and Ring of Bright Water came to mind (pool? Poole?), but settled on this.
Mary Hopkin was discovered on Opportunity Knocks in 1968, and signed by the Beatles Apple label later that year where she recorded Those Were the Days which became an International Number One hit.
In 1970, she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest singing Knock Knock, Who’s There written by John Carter and Geoff Stephens. It came second to Dana’s All Kinds of Everything which won for Ireland.
IMO, had Mary Hopkin sung this, she would have walked it, but this wasn’t an original song having already been recorded by the composer.
Written by Philamore Lincoln (aka Philip Kinorra , born Robert Cromwell Anson and also known by his other stage names, Julian Covey, Julien Covey), the lyrics are in the video.
Now you might want to know what this has to do with my home town.
Well, Poole boasts Europe’s largest natural harbour. Technically, it’s the largest in the world since Sydney Australia added a man-made bit.
Covering an area of approximately 14 sq miles, it is extremely shallow, with an average depth of just 19 inches. In order for the large ships and ferries to use the port, a main channel was dredged to accommodate them. (Source WIKI)
When we lived in Poole, I would walk the two miles to work along the Holes Bay road.
There are several islands in the harbour, the largest of which is Brownsea Island which is a nature reserve and home to a colony of red squirrels. It is also a haven for gnats, or was by my recollection of a visit there in 1963 with my school.