This blog is:

This blog is:
A living sketch book for the ideas generated during our Creative Halton Project in 2011. On this blog you will get to see the ideas as they pop up and see where the inspiration has come from. These are the ideas of the artists Beth Barlow and Jason Sheppard, informed by those we have spoken to. It has also grown to include the ideas sent to us by local residents . If you want to contribute please e mail

This blog is not:
A finished product. Many of the ideas here will be tested and seen to be the wrong for the place, time and its people. We hope that the ideas we take forward will be the correct ones, giving Runcorn a taste of its rich past, the positives in its present and notions about its future.

Monday, 16 May 2011

"Hey Mr, Give Us our Ball Back"

Poem for the 1939 ball now sadly in the Anfield museum in Liverpool instead of Runcorn

The tears of the famous Runcorn F C 1939 team

Fall heavy as the ghosts of Canal Street.

They have taken away our ball and our memories

Were all those ten thousand local fans cheers in vain

Will we never see our ball again?

Is that great F A Cup day Gone but not forgotten.

Or will all our history fade away to dust.

Is this all that’s left the distant echo of footsteps

That belonged to that great team

As they march down Canal Street and oblivion

By Chris Darlington

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