READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, July 18

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This week’s poem, The Old UK, is by Jan Parkin.

We never know just what to wear

When weather turns from rain to fair

One day it’s cold then smoking hot

Vacation plans all go to pot

For one set of clothes is not enough

Filling our cases till they’re stuffed

For English hols we choose to take

While others across the water bake

It seems we love the old uk

And this is where many do stay

With tents and rucksacks off we go

On jam packed motorways kids in tow

To Lands End, Cornwall and Skegness

The rain it pours and we’re a mess

Cos we’re caught out without umbrellas

Then line the pockets of outdoor sellers

As we are forced to purchase macs

To keep the rain of all our backs

But still we love the old uk

We’ll brave it all and here we’ll stay....

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