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British European Airways {Flight 609

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It was pure coincidence that we were in Manchester
When news of the disaster broke. We’d gone by train

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Me and Mum from Hyde Central

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Our tickets bought from the Polish man
Who sat behind glass in a kiosk

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 He had fought for Britain in the War
And remained, marrying a widow from Heys
With a hairlip who might never have found
Someone otherwise

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 That’s what my auntie said

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 There was an emergency edition of the Evening News
Announcing many feared dead

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 In Manchester it was tea-time, nearly

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 In Munich, snow and people standing

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 The wet black ink of the newspaper
Smudged anything remotely pale

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Mum’s cream coat with the big buttons
She’d dressed up for Manchester. The disaster

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/british-european-airways/