City Voices were delighted to be invited to participate at Middleport Pottery on Saturday September 12th, as part of the local 'Heritage Weekend'. The weather that day was a game of two halves, with torrential rain during the morning threatening to keep the crowds away. Well, it did not! A "Poetry Cafe" held at the event was attended by favourable crowds despite the weather, and were rewarded by sunshine in the afternoon. Visitors were most interested in what City Voices were doing, and only too pleased to hear poems written and performed by Anita Oxford, Paul Williamson and Derek Payne. City Voices poets were suitably dressed for the occasion and proceedings were overseen by Chairman Alan Barnett (above) who took the part of the factory inspector. A whole coach load of visitors arrived from a trip to Etruria Industrial Museum, many of whom it seemed were once singers, writers and poets in their own right, and were very interested in what our writers group had to offer. City Voices and Middleport pottery hope that there will be many more opportunities like this to entertain the general public. A good day out was had by all, as you will see from our photographs and samples of the poetry.
Our founder Paul Williamson as the driver of the horse and cart that at one time was the method of delivery for the potteryware. The canals and later the railways took over - with much less breakages!
£5 to spend at a jumble sale
I’ve got five pounds to spend,
I won it on the lottery.
Should I save it or invest it?
I could buy a piece of pottery.
I think I’ll go to Middleport,
there will be bargains there, I’m sure;
cups and plates, pictures too,
fancy goods and much, much more.
I’ll get my coat and hat
and take a walk down town.
The factory shop is where I’ll head,
Oh dear, it’s pouring down!
It’s far too wet for me to go,
I’ll stay at home instead.
I’ll put more coal upon the fire,
and make a cuppa before bed.
©Anita Oxford October 2012