Manchester Ship Canal by John Gill Chorus : Manchester Ship Canal’s coming – prosperity! Manchester Ship Canal’s coming – at last! From Ireland imported the navvies were brought Seven years of hard labour to stand For a ditch 26 feet by 35 miles Dug with shovels, picks and bare hands. Chorus Queen Victoria she came along on May the 21st, A 21 gun salute for to hear, Mr Marshall the Lord Mayor, and Sir Anthony, And likewise the Chief Engineer Chorus For an outlay of 56 million pounds we’ll have Streets so full you can’t move Health and wealth will come to all as long as it lasts And likewise to the city we love. Chorus No longer will our children go barefoot about Walking many's a mile, We’ll go on up to Blackpool and have us a good time Our first holiday in many's the while Chorus This song was written by John Gill of the folk group Hindle Wakes. The song was included on the lp 'Hindle Walkes - Live at the Cross Keys' which was recorded on 21st August 1978 at the Cross Keys in Uppermill. The lp is hard to find these days but has recently (2018) been released in CD format (available from Ian Smith (email: smiffy47@yahoo.com). Apparently John wrote the song after acquiring a Victorian lantern slide apparatus from a church in Disley. With it were a box of slides including some of old Manchester plus a collection of photos of the Manchester Ship Canal being constructed. Hindle Wakes have in the past performed the song to a background of these pictures. I'm indebted to Ian Smith of Hindle Wakes for much of this information. Recorded on : Live at the Cross Keys - Hindle Walkes (1978)
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