Powerful Poem About Manchester Read at Albert Square Vigil

StoryfulPublished: May 26, 2017
Published: May 26, 2017

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Manchester’s Town Hall on May 23, to honor the victims of a bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena the previous night.

Mancunian poet Tony Walsh, who performs as Longfella, read his ode to the city, This Is the Place, before the large crowd.

The poem reads,

This is the place<br />In the northwest of England. It’s ace, it’s the best<br />And the songs that we sing from the stands, from our bands<br />Set the whole planet shaking.<br />Our inventions are legends. There’s nowt we can’t make, and so we make brilliant music<br />We make brilliant bands<br />We make goals that make souls leap from seats in the stands<br />And we make things from steel<br />And we make things from cotton<br />And we make people laugh, take the mick summat rotten<br />And we make you at home<br />And we make you feel welcome and we make summat happen<br />And we can’t seem to help it<br />And if you’re looking from history, then yeah we’ve a wealth<br />But the Manchester way is to make it yourself.<br />And make us a record, a new number one<br />And make us a brew while you’re up, love, go on<br />And make us feel proud that you’re winning the league<br />And make us sing louder and make us believe that this is the place that has helped shape the world<br />And this is the place where a Manchester girl named Emmeline Pankhurst from the streets of Moss Side led a suffragette city with sisterhood pride<br />And this is the place with appliance of science, we’re on it, atomic, we struck with defiance, and in the face of a challenge, we always stand tall, Mancunians, in union, delivered it all<br />Such as housing and libraries and health, education and unions and co-ops and first railway stations<br />So we’re sorry, bear with us, we invented commuters. But we hope you forgive us, we invented computers.<br />And this is the place Henry Rice strolled with rolls, and we’ve rocked and we’ve rolled with our own northern soul<br />And so this is the place to do business then dance, where go-getters and goal-setters know they’ve a chance<br />And this is the place where we first played as kids. And me mum, lived and died here, she loved it, she did.<br />And this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled in puddles, they hurt in the dirt and they built us a city, they built us these towns and they coughed on the cobbles to the deafening sound to the steaming machines and the screaming of slaves, they were scheming for greatness, they dreamed to their graves.<br />And they left us a spirit. They left us a vibe. That Mancunian way to survive and to thrive and to work and to build, to connect, and create and Greater Manchester’s greatness is keeping it great.<br />And so this is the place now with kids of our own. Some are born here, some drawn here, but they all call it home.<br />And they’ve covered the cobbles, but they’ll never defeat, all the dreamers and schemers who still teem through these streets.<br />Because this is a place that has been through some hard times: oppressions, recessions, depressions, and dark times.<br />But we keep fighting back with Greater Manchester spirit. Northern grit, Northern wit, and Greater Manchester’s lyrics.<br />And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity.<br />Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever.<br />And we’ve got this place where a team with a dream can get funding and something to help with a scheme.<br />Because this is a place that understands your grand plans. We don’t do “no can do” we just stress “yes we can”<br />Forever Manchester’s a charity for people round here, you can fundraise, donate, you can be a volunteer. You can live local, give local, we can honestly say, we do charity different, that Mancunian way.<br />And we fund local kids, and we fund local teams. We support local dreamers to work for their dreams. We support local groups and the great work they do. So can you help us. help local people like you?<br />Because this is the place in our hearts, in our homes, because this is the place that’s a part of our bones.<br />Because Greater Manchester gives us such strength from the fact that this is the place, we should give something back.<br />Always remember, never forget, forever Manchester.

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