Monthly Archives: December 2015

Teignmouth to her District Council

coat of armsThough I have a strong affinity with Teignmouth I must also remain impartial on this blog. We have had a number of poems describing the attractions of Teignmouth, so now to balance that a few (small number) which I suppose you could say have a less favourable view of events here. The first, from his collection Vagabond Verse is by the Railway Poet, Thomas Aggett, and bemoans the local politics of over 100 years ago. Many might say that politics hasn’t changed!

Teignmouth to her District Council
(Thomas Aggett)

With lamentations loud and deep
Great cause have I, alas! to weep,
My Council members seem asleep,
I’m so dejected
For I whom they profess to keep
Am quite neglected.

Bt Nature clad in beauty’s dress,
Ye members surely must confess
What great attractions I possess,
Which you abuse,
When you could much improve I guess
Me if you choose.

But no, a dilatory curse
Seems settled on you, quite averse
To all improvements, worse and worse.
Your attitude
And money from the public purse
Does me no good.

I cannot now enumerate
Your foolish actions, neither state
Your time-waste in so-called debate;
With grief I see
Less water for more water-rate;
But list to me –

Just cease your foolish altercation,
My visitors want recreation,
Give this your best consideration,
You must agree
If you desire not condemnation,
Attractive be.

And to the public weal attend
In future better, and amend
The foolish way in which you spend
The public pence,
And pray that Providence will send
You better sense.

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Cruise-Ship Sailing

Hebridean Princess and the Ness (from original by David Caunter)

Hebridean Princess and the Ness (from original by David Caunter)

This is the last in a series of posts about attractions of Teignmouth.

A few months ago history was made here – the arrival of the first ever cruise-ship in Teignmouth. It was greeted on the quayside by the new Mayor, Jacqui Orme, and the passengers were entertained with a few songs from the Back Beach Boyz and a talk by Viv Wilson MBE.

I thought it was only fitting to pen something about this event in a style that reflected Teignmouth’s seafaring tradition. So here is a modern take on an old shanty from the mid-nineteenth century – Donkey Riding.

Cruise-Ship Sailing
(Keats Ghost)

Mayor of Teignmouth, Cllr Jacqui Orme; Prof Mark Horton, BBC Presenter; Capt Trevor Bailey, Master Hebridean Princess; Viv Wilson MBE, Local Historian; Tracy Scranage, Town Centre Development Manager (by David Caunter)

Mayor of Teignmouth, Cllr Jacqui Orme; Prof Mark Horton, BBC Presenter; Capt Trevor Bailey, Master Hebridean Princess; Viv Wilson MBE, Local Historian; Tracy Scranage, Town Centre Development Manager (by David Caunter)

Were you ever in Teignmouth town,
the day the first cruise-ship came down,
with fifty passengers from Oban,
sailing on that cruise-ship?

Chorus:
Hey ho and away we go,
Cruise-ship sailing, cruise-ship sailing.
Hey ho and away we go,
Sailing on a cruise-ship.

The royally named Hebridean Princess,
steamed majestic around the Ness
greeted by Jacqui, the mayor, no less
hailing our first cruise-ship.

Chorus

Back Beach Boyz (from original by David Caunter)

Back Beach Boyz (from original by David Caunter)

The guests enjoyed what we had to give –
a history lecture from our Viv
and the Back Beach Boyz sang a rousing gig
of shanties on the cruise-ship.

Chorus

The ship’s first trip was a very short stay.
At the next high tide they were on their way.
Passengers cried “we’ll be back one day”,
sailing on a cruise-ship.

Chorus:
Hey ho and away we go,
Cruise-ship sailing, cruise-ship sailing.
Hey ho and away we go,
Sailing on a cruise-ship.

There is an interesting history attached to Donkey Riding.  If you’re interested, follow this link