“Commonwealth People ” a poem for the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games

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Birmingham poem for the recent Birmingham Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay inspired by Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey https://www.facebook.com/groups/471194117471294/permalink/571311560792882

This is a poem that I wrote in October after being inspired by Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey whose poem for the Queen’s Baton Relay celebration and party at Buckingham Palace I heard. 

Here goes:

Birmingham Games Baton Relay Poem entitled: “Commonwealth People” with apologies to the Great Jarvis Cocker & his 1990 hit: “Common People”

“Commonwealth People”

Commonwealth people come to Brum

To celebrate 🍾 youth with sport and fun

Brummies, Villains, Bluenose too….

Baggies and Saddlers, Yam Yams though The Black Country & BrummaGEM’s 

People are all United in their common ground

Wolves, Moors and Glassboys Pitmen rough 

This region’s appetite for sport has no end for you……

Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, 🏉 Bournville Rugby Club as well,

The coming Rugby Club at Avery Fields Sports & Events it’s said!!!!

Harborne Hockey 🏒, Bournville as well, Edgbaston’s

The place for many a well-$erved Ace….

With lawn tennis invented there in 1858……

Edgbaston’s 🐻 Bear’s T20 Cricket 🏏 for the England women….

Along with Archery 🏹 under the Cricket club’s lights….

My word what a great inspirational sight!!!!

The Cricket 🏏 is so very fair if you happen like me to be a 🐻 Warwickshire Bear!!!

Rugby 🏉 at Coventry where the Sky Blues played……

Now it’s Wasps with the Ovoid leather  Ball….

Coventry City were soooo dismayed!!!

No longer The Ricoh Football Stadium

It’s now the Coventry Building Society Arena

SISU Cov’s owners were issued with a slapped up Subpoena!

To the Courts it went as The Sky Blues fought ….

To stay at their home….or so they thought?

Wasps dug their well heeled Rugby players heels 👠 in…

After all they’d bought it….

It could easily end up in a messy Court bid!!!

So the Sky Blues went to St Andrews where they played two seasons

Without a home to play home games in….!!!!

Now Coventry City are looking to the University of Warwick

To build ’em a Super Soccer Stadium…..

That’s fit for a Wayward Wandering Prince!

That’s William whose the Aston Villa’s Kingpin!

Chair of the FA and Vital Villa Fan……

Historians Football Club ⚽️ do they cry from The Holte End?

As The Vile Fans all bow down with bended knee to Prince William….no ordinary Fan!

One day in the future he’ll be “King of this Island England”!!!

So Birmingham hosts the Polyglot Games…..

The Queen’s Baton Relay was such a great lark….!!!

Not merely just a “Walk in the Park”!!!

The Baton’s 🪰 flying here there and everywhere, not just in England and Brum….

But also to Cyprus and our Indian chums….Africa, 🇨🇦 Canada, Australia, the Caribbean too

The Baton’s travelling all over this Wanderful World…..

96000 miles it’s a great long run….

So I can’t wait for the Games next July & August 2021….

I hope to volunteer 🙋‍♂️ at The Aquatics Centre in Sandwell…

Let’s hope they finish it so Adam Peaty can Lord it over The Commonwealth’s swimmers….?

Not just Breaststroke but Medley Relays too!

And Dear Tommy Daley swims, dives and knits at the same time what a sport…!

So BrummaGEM’s Song has been a treemendously Long One!

We all us BrummaGEM’s get our Brummie Day in the Sun…..!!!

By hosting the Great Games ….oh what a lark….!!!!

Let’s hope that it’s not just a 50 kilometre walk in Sutton Park…???

Some serious Sport is what our Youth want….

So come to Brum and watch as all us BrummaGEM’s shine ….

Like the 💎 Gems in The Jewellery Quarter….oh what a place!!!

Where the Gold 🏅 Medals, rings, necklaces & bracelets are made….

And the Queen’s Baton too…96000 miles taken by a British Airways Crew to Cyprus the first point of frantic departure….

Why don’t we all just sit and relax & wait for next July & August…

When there’ll be lots of facts about #Brum: “More Canals than Venice!”….”More Trees 🌳 than Paris”….

Brum’s such a young City with sooo much talent to offer….

Can’t wait for The Birmingham Games to begin!

And see 👀 our great Diverse City of Birmingham prosper!!!!!

 

Queen’s Baton Relay celebration Poem by Birmingham Poet Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham and Black Country history writing poet journalist and broadcaster on Sports Radio Birmingham please read my Birmingham and Black Country writing at

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Yours in Birmingham

Keith Bracey….Commonwealth Games Volunteer (hopefully 🙋‍♀️???)

Birmingham and Black Country poet AKA @BrummieBard

07552 758710
Email keithbracey1@gmail.com
Twitter @1truclaretnblu @brummiebard
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Please read my Birmingham and Black Country poetry history heritage and sports blog posts on my Bracey Blog at:

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BBC RADIO WM – MY FRIEND’S VOICE

A poem for BBC Radio WM

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I was asked to write a poem about BBC Radio WM so here goes:

BBC Radio WM – My friend’s voice

BBC Radio WM is our local station

Broadcasting to the West Midlands for the Nation

For local news with Louise Hancock

You can’t go wrong she runs it by the clock

Three minute bulletins followed by ‘make a difference’

To the Birmingham and Black Country experience

Your local presenters we have Elise at breakfast

The first young woman to present the show at last

We’ve had Phil Upton, Les Ross, Daz Hale et al

All trying to be your Brummie Breakfast pal

At 10am we have Cazza Martin

The Family Favourite a former Radio Caroline Queen

She has the dilemma to tax your brain 

And items as diverse as Boris Johnson to Metro trains

At 2pm Cazza makes way for Franksy, 

Or is it Foxy the Main Man to the Maxi? 

Franksy’s been on WM forever, 

He’s such a big bloke and he’s sooo blooming clever!!!!

At 6 in the evening Daz takes the stage

With the football phone in, most fans in a rage!

The Villa, the Blues, the Baggies too, Saddlers and Wolves

Everyone’s in Daz’s phone queue…..

Daz is a Wolves fan, and Mike Taylor, the Villa…

Not sure who Henry Liston supports as he’s such a young fella?

Straight outta Birmingham University I’m yer man

The Birmingham poet, Brummie Bard, avid listener to WM!

The greatest station in Birmingham, not forgetting the Black Country 

Which was Black by day and glowed red by night!

The greatest region in the country….that’s awroight!!!!

Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard, Birmingham and Black Country poet

A poem for BBC Radio WM

BBC Radio WM poem by Birmingham and Black Country poet Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard

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I was asked to write a poem about BBC Radio WM so here goes:

BBC Radio WM – My friend’s voice

BBC Radio WM is our local station

Broadcasting to the West Midlands for the Nation

For local news with Louise Hancock

You can’t go wrong she runs it by the clock

Three minute bulletins followed by ‘make a difference’

To the Birmingham and Black Country experience

Your local presenters we have Elise at breakfast

The first young woman to present the show at last

We’ve had Phil Upton, Les Ross, Daz Hale et al

All trying to be your Brummie Breakfast pal

At 10am we have Cazza Martin

The Family Favourite a former Radio Caroline Queen

She has the dilemma to tax your brain 

And items as diverse as Boris Johnson to Metro trains

At 2pm Cazza makes way for Franksy, 

Or is it Foxy the Main Man to…

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A poem for BBC Radio WM

I was asked to write a poem about BBC Radio WM so here goes:

BBC Radio WM – My friend’s voice

BBC Radio WM is our local station

Broadcasting to the West Midlands for the Nation

For local news with Louise Hancock

You can’t go wrong she runs it by the clock

Three minute bulletins followed by ‘make a difference’

To the Birmingham and Black Country experience

Your local presenters we have Elise at breakfast

The first young woman to present the show at last

We’ve had Phil Upton, Les Ross, Daz Hale et al

All trying to be your Brummie Breakfast pal

At 10am we have Cazza Martin

The Family Favourite a former Radio Caroline Queen

She has the dilemma to tax your brain 

And items as diverse as Boris Johnson to Metro trains

At 2pm Cazza makes way for Franksy, 

Or is it Foxy the Main Man to the Maxi? 

Franksy’s been on WM forever, 

He’s such a big bloke and he’s sooo blooming clever!!!!

At 6 in the evening Daz takes the stage

With the football phone in, most fans in a rage!

The Villa, the Blues, the Baggies too, Saddlers and Wolves

Everyone’s in Daz’s phone queue…..

Daz is a Wolves fan, and Mike Taylor, the Villa…

Not sure who Henry Liston supports as he’s such a young fella?

Straight outta Birmingham University I’m yer man

The Birmingham poet, Brummie Bard, avid listener to WM!

The greatest station in Birmingham, not forgetting the Black Country 

Which was Black by day and glowed red by night!

The greatest region in the country….that’s awroight!!!!

Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard, Birmingham and Black Country poet

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The Birmingham Book of Remembrance Office, 1948-9

#Lestweforget #Wewillrememberthem #BookofRemembrance #HallofMemory #TheGreatWar During the Great War my wife’s Family were devastated by the loss of two brothers in the last German offensive of Spring 1918 within 3 weeks of one another in May and June 1918. Mary’s Great Grandfather John Thomas Sawford was taken in May 1918 followed 3 weeks later in early June 1918 by his brother Archie Leonard Sawford my wife’s Great Uncle. Both men hailed from Smethwick near Birmingham in the West Midlands and Archie Leonard Sawford is remembered on the Smethwick Borough Council Roll of Honour in the portico of Smethwick Borough Council House on High Street Smethwick right next to the Smethwick War Memorial near Smethwick Heritage Centre also known as Smethwick Museum the Museum in the Park Victoria Park in Smethwick. Archie Leonard Sawford worked for Smethwick Borough Council but has no known grave in Flanders Fields. John Thomas Sawford is interred at Terlincthun Cemetery in the Somme Valley #RIP #Lestweforget #wewillrememberthem

Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham and Black Country poet writer historian journalist and broadcaster on Sports Radio Birmingham Please read my Birmingham and Black Country poetry history heritage and sports blog posts on my Bracey Bearwood Blog at http://keithbracey.wordpress.com

The Birmingham Book of Remembrance Office, 1948-9

#Lestweforget #Wewillremenberthem #TheGreatWar #WW2 #Subsequentconflicts #HallofMemory #Birmingham

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While 11 November marks the end of the hostilities of World War One, it is also the day on which we remember members of the British armed services who have lost their lives in military conflicts since that time. This year’s Remembrance Day blog post looks at efforts undertaken by Birmingham City Council in the years after the Second World War to ensure that the city’s citizens who lost their lives during that conflict were remembered for posterity.

At a meeting of the War Memorial Committee in April 1946, the Lord Mayor, Alderman Albert Bradbeer J.P., suggested that members discussed whether there should be a Roll of Honour compiled for those who had died in the recent war, as had been the case at the end of the First World War with the ‘Record of the Fallen in the 1914-18 War’, which was in the Hall of Memory. The meeting…

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Poem the @BrummieBard Birmingham & Black Country poet wrote for the vanquished @English 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 in Euro 2020

THREE LIONS ON A CERT…????

Here we go:

Three Lions on a Cert????
‘Arry Kane’s still dreamin’
Three Lions on a Cert????Southgate’s still A schemin’!!!!

Chielini pulled Saka’s Shirt
Nearly killed a Gooner dreamkid
No one told the tricky Eyeties to lie down 4 the Pride of England’s Lions

Giant Gian Luigi Bonnamassa
Saved from our 3 Wonderkids
Saka, Sancho & Rash Ford…!!!!
Triumph’s out of Disastaaaargh!

These kids’ll come again
Of that I am sooo shuuuer!!!!
Three Lions on a 👕shirt
57 more years of hurt????
Still England are awaiting!!!!

With thanks to the Black Country’s #FrankSkinner, Londoner #DavidBaddiel & Liverpool’s #IanBroudie of the #LightningSeeds #ComeonEngland…..!!!!

Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham and Black Country poet writer historian journalist and broadcaster on Sports Radio Birmingham Please read my Birmingham and Black Country poetry history heritage and sports blog posts on my Bracey Blog at:

http://keithbracey.wordpress.com

Twitter @1truclaretnblu

Instagram @brummiebard