If you’ve never been to Birmingham then you ought ta……….
It’s a grand city made up of many a quarter………
There is jewellery to be sold, diamonds, platinum and gold
Boulton’s silver to assay, precious gems from far away.
Guns were made nearby, helping soldiers fight and die
In the English Civil War we made musket, cannon and ball
A more powerful Lewis gun helped the British beat the Hun.
Mr Webley made a revolver fired by many a pitiful soldier
On a lighter note in The Theatre Quarter
The stage is set for talented daughters
The Rep, the Alex and Hippodrome…..
Encourage performers to make Birmingham their own
Chaplin, Burton and Olivier
Travelled here to perform their plays
Musicals, ballets and pantomime
Ensure cultural visitors have a good time
The NEC and NIA have changed their names along the way
The Good Food Show, Crufts and fashion galore
Ensure our visitors come back for more
In the Symphony Hall there was often a battle
Between the CBSO and Sir Simon Rattle
The Chinese Quarter is colourful and bright
A fantastic place to go out at night
Stir-fried noodles, a tantalising odour
A grand Dragon Parade from Wing Yip’s Pagoda.
The Balti Belt, full of saris and spices
Tasty Asian food cooked with different rices
An area to visit to sample a curry,
At Adil’s or Imran’s there’s no need to hurry
Bring your own beer, share various starters
Poppadoms, Pakoras, Aloo with tomatoes
A ‘curry in a bucket’ naan size of a table
Mild, medium or hot, eat it all, if you’re able.
Our City has Cadbury, Jaguar Land Rover too,
Speedway, rugby, and cricket for you
A passion for sport, you can all hear the roar
For a goal scored by Blues or Aston Villa football.
Indoor and outdoor, The Bull Ring Markets
Sell everything from cheese to carpets
The Germans come at Christmas time
Bringing Bratwurst, Schnitzel and Gluhwein
Birmingham has ‘More Canals than Venice’
We also invented the game of lawn tennis.
The Botanical Gardens and Cannon Hill Park
Have flowers and lawns, hosting shows: ‘What a lark!’
An airport, coach and New Street Station
Make us the “Centre of our Nation”
To travel by car to any sort a function
You may have to negotiate Spaghetti Junction!!!!!
The ‘Stroll from St Philip’s to St Paul’s’
Where Boulton and Watt occupied the pew stalls
Pugin’s St Chad’s, the Roman Catholic Cathedral
Anglican St Martin’s, on the steps to the bronze Bull
The Kennedy Memorial near Digbeth’s Custard Factory,
Healed the wounds of the Irish after the Birmingham atrocity
The Rotunda stood proud, so tall and so round
Blown to small pieces with ‘The Tavern in the Town.’
The City recovered, no flags at half mast
Brummies look FORWARD, don’t dwell on the past
Our mixture of cultures live well together
Our heritage, our history will go on forever.
Keith Bracey Birmingham Poet #BrummieBard