- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Pam Radford, Henry Morris, Gladys Seagrave. Poet: Len Pick
- Location of story:
- Scalford, Leicestershire.
- Background to story:
- Civilian Force
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 16 September 2005
This story was submittedd to the Peopple's War site by CSV/BBC Radio Nottingham on behalf of Pam Radford with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.
You can't blackout the moon
It was 9.00pm on the fifteenth inst.
The incident occurred
I think with me you will agree
It's the smartest Trick you've heard
I'll tell you how it happened,
As I this tale commence,
It was inefficient blackout,
A most serious offence.
Poor Glad said "just look there!
Now is there any sense,
That's the head man for you
Of our Civil Defence!"
Poor Glad she got the wind up
As she heard the Junkers groan,
she said "I'll go and ring him up,
And tell him on the 'phone."
Of course Henry used a lot of words
They're really not worth knowing
As round the front he dashed to see
From where the light was showing.
Now he couldn't see a glimmer,
And his temper he lost,
As he found what caused the trouble
Was the moon and old Jack Frost.
But later on he had to smile
And quickly changed his tune,
He sent young Pam to tell old Glad
You can't black out the Moon.
Now one gentleman will sympathise,
That's R.F.A Esquire,
For when the moon was rising once
He said that Grantham was on fire.
Now here's a warning to you all,
Please do not shout too soon
About inefficient blackout,
Make sure it ain't the Moon.
Scalford Village Poet
Date: 1942 approximately
'Glad' Gladys Seagrave, Publican.
'Henry' Henry Morris, Farmer.
'Pam' now Pam Radford, daughter of Henry Morris.
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