Here's my great grandad, Thomas.
Nice old man, he was
Had'nt an hair on his head.
And yet had a face full of fuzz.
He abided in Flora St, Ashton.
Got wed to a girl called Eliza
Then started their family.
A dressmaker but it has to be said.
As a girl she never had schooling.
She had to sign an X when she wed.
1883 they got married.
And Eliza continued to sew.
As usual they had lots of children.
One of them, they christened him Joe.
A coalminer that worked the coal face
Loved his flat cap and tobacco.
It was him that was married to Ace
My grandfather, he called her "Ace"
A typical Darby and Joan they were
They even worked at same place.
1918 they got married.
Starting a family proved slow.
Six children they had, five of them died.
The only survivor was Joe.
Down the Maypole pit, he made a start.
Just like most miners, Joe liked a pint.
And its said he could throw a good dart.
A girl that lived in the same street
Here's a photo of Ellen
It's the only good picture I've got. (geet)
They were married for 33 years.
Ellen turned out to be a welder.
And then an auxiliary nurse.
Especially the child, number three.
A nice little boy they called Jeffrey.
And Jeffrey turned out to be me.
A lot of waters gone under the bridge
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