Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reader's Poem

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reader's Poem

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WE, the 'Swanssnappers'', think this poem we received today from our 'Phantom Swanssnapper'', Dorothy M Rawnsley, down there in Lancashire would be quite apt for HMS Ark Royal as she returns to the river of her birth for a final curtain call on Friday.

The wording I think is so true, and am sure many a tear will appear in the eyes of the skilled workforce who built her (sadly no more), when we see the grand warship enter the Tyne, and when they go aboard on a public visit.

Like the poem says, get there and see her as she enters and leaves harbour as we will never see her likes again.

Swanssnapper - Barry Martin, The Avenue, Wallsend.

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE She is sailing very slowly up the waters of the Tyne, but ashore, the men are singing their goodbye, with Auld Lang Syne, Her shadow scales the fathoms, as she tolls her final bell and the world looks on in silence, at the Ark Royal's last farewell. …

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