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Ryton closure


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Poems for Ryton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Poet Laureate Jo Roberts has penned a poem about the closure of Peugeot's Ryton plant. So too has songwriter Giovanni Esposito and you can listen to it here.


Exit Peugeot by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Poet Laureate Jo Roberts

The shuddering, groan as yet another decaying life-force
slowly seeps into the history of this ravaged city
reverberates throughout the region.

This industry giant’s cavernous, gaping mouth
that once incessantly fed on loyalty, sweat and toil
now spews out the dry bones of its workforce
picked clean of hope and possibilities.

Husks of workers united in a common cause
fundamental to their existence
drift across barren communities
stirred into clusters by the rancid hot air of politics and finance.

After grazing on fat pastures of foreign fields
this once insatiable beast now
seeks the more palatable taste of progress
liberally seasoned with profit instead of humanity.

Lumbering and empty it leaves industry’s table
its parting gift another scar on the city’s face
that only time will gradually fade.

A Ryton Verse

To listen to songwriter Giovanni Esposito's effort click on the link below.

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Giovanni can certainly empathise with the Rytom workers - he was made redundant by another car manufacturer - Rover.

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