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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 24th September, 2018)

Sir Francis


Sir Francis
Sir Francis Sharp Powell statue, Mesnes Park, Wigan.

Photo: David  (Canon PowerShot SX240 HS)
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Comment by: irene roberts on 24th September 2018 at 08:16

In the 1950s, my Dad lifted me up to rub Sir Francis's shoe and make a wish. In the 1970s and 1980s, I lifted our Jamie and our Ashley up. In recent years, Jamie lifted our Edie and our Oliver up. And so it goes on for Wigan's little ones. I hope all their wishes come true.

Comment by: Mick on 24th September 2018 at 10:13

https://youtu.be/kPCvPY4fDMo

I rub it on my own

Comment by: Veronica on 24th September 2018 at 12:49

He's been pondering a long,long time has Sir Francis. Long may he ponder about the ups and downs of life!

Comment by: Ivor on 24th September 2018 at 13:03

did you wish to civil Mick ?

Comment by: DTease on 24th September 2018 at 13:20

Sometimes at night when no one is there
Francis Sharp Powell gets up from his chair
Down on the ground he commences to dance
Whirling and twirling as if in a trance

All night long by the light of the moon
He dances alone to a magical tune
And then with the dawn and with weary feet
He climbs back on his plinth and retakes his seat

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th September 2018 at 13:44

Love that, DTease! When I was small and it was winter-time, and the curtains were closed in our little terraced house in Ince, I used to imagine Sir Francis sitting in the icy darkness, and I would shiver and edge closer to the fire.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th September 2018 at 14:00

All to the music of Al Johnson singing 'climb upon my knee Sonny Boy ...
It's nice to think old Francis gets up to stretch his legs in the early hours! ;0))

Comment by: Philip G. on 24th September 2018 at 15:19

I like your verse DTease. It also reminds me of the 1963 version of Jason and the Argonauts in which Talos came alive - Spooky.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th September 2018 at 16:00

Jolson

Comment by: David Owens on 25th September 2018 at 21:49

Would he have voted for or against B***it???

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