Hole in the ground

For some reason a song came into my head as we were going shopping; there was a coned off bit of the carpark and we wondered what they were going to do as we wandered off to the shop.

The song was a comedy song from the 1960’s… there aren’t comedy songs any more, but they were popular for years and years, growing out of the music halls and Gilbert and Sullivan musicals I guess. Even David Bowie reached number 6 in the charts in 1967 with ‘The Laughing Gnome’ so comical lyrics were a completely normal thing. The song I was thinking of, which I hummed all round the supermarket and halfway home was by Bernard Cribbins. He was born in Oldham, not far from where we used to live in 1928 and was a member of Oldham Rep – the Repertory Theatre before he had to do his National Service. He moved into theatre and in 1962 he had three hit records with comic songs, ‘Right Said Fred’, ‘Gossip Calypso, and this one:

My featured image by the way is of an archaeological excavation undertaken at the church in our village, the one on top of the hill without a roof.

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