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I came across this item in my files the other day which I thought you might find interesting, it was written by a Mr. Frank Clarke who use to Print and Publish the Rishtonian in a house near the corner of Parker and Hermitage Street in the late forties.

RISHTON

A Ballard to the Future and the Past… By Frank Clarke (of the Rishtonian)

I sing a song of Rishton,

It’s praises will I tell,

Who in some other nearby place,

Perforce must dwell: The town that knew my childhood;

The town that knew my birth;

The most beloved town I know

In all the earth.

We seen some mighty moments

In years that have gone by;

And as it enters each new age,

Can hold it’s head up high:

And all who dwell in Rishton,

By birth or later choice,

In that one cheerful fact alone

 May well rejoice.

The healthy town of Rishton

Still has it’s ups and downs,

Made mainly cotton goods of yore

Like other nearby towns;

Yet coal and bricks and paper,

Came from this place,

And printing throve along the street

And farming found fresh food to eat,

And Candidates who sought a seat,

The voting list would chase.

Still in the town of Rishton

The place where I would be,

Athwart the northern open hills

Not to far from the sea:

And in the tree lined valleys,

That know the Hyndburn’s flow;

The rain- if it should chance to rain,

Has always room to go !

The famous sons of Rishton,

Proud of her ancient name,

The men who memory recalls

From galleries of fame,

James Baldwin of great music,

Joe Sowerbutts of the band;

George Tomlinson who well has spent

His later years in Parliament:

None could excel the work that went

 From T C Nobles’s band.

So you who dwell in Rishton,

Remember this my song,

And proudly bear your heritage

Whate’er may come along;

Look keenly for your moment,

Be not afraid to try,

Remember when your chance you see

You’re in good company.

So strike out bold and lustily,

Nor ask any reason why.

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Frank Watson (via Email)