Bard of Barnsley pens poem about ‘one-of-a-kind’ Todmorden

Ian McMillan.
Ian McMillan.

The ‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan has penned a poem about Todmorden in celebration of the town being recognised in the Urbanism Awards 2017.

It reached the final in the ‘Great Town’ category, going up against Blackpool and Clonakilty, Ireland, for the accolade.

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Local views of Todmorden town centre
Old man sitting and Town hall

Incredible Edible Local views of Todmorden town centre Old man sitting and Town hall

Clonakilty scooped the award, but judges had much to praise about Todmorden.

Because it reached the final three, Ian McMillan has written a poem about the town and all it has to offer.

Here is the poem:

This is a border town in a Northern Valley

And it faces both ways: Lancs and Yorks

But to understand Todmorden fully

Bring your knives and bring your forks

Bring your plates and an open mind.

This is a border town on the cusp of change

A bespoke and unique one-of- a-kind;

Think canalside milltown then rearrange

Your expectations into this:

A border town that knows no bounds

That fills me with Todmorden bliss

Reduces me to Mmmm-ing sounds

As though the whole of Tod is edible;

Chew it slowly. The taste’s incredible