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PUBLISHED: 12:26 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

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TEN years of frustration with public transport, empty building plots and councils indecision on Wisbech market place has led one man to write a poem about the town s plight. Retired engineer John Towler has held on to writing the poem for a decade – as h

poet John Towler

EXCLUSIVE by: TOM JACKSON

TEN years of frustration with public transport, empty building plots and councils' indecision on Wisbech market place has led one man to write a poem about the town's plight.

Retired engineer John Towler has held on to writing the poem for a decade - as he waited to see what happened next in the town.

But, as Freedom Bridge roundabout and traffic congestion also got worse in his eyes, the Leverington resident finally put pen to paper to write 'Bloody Wisbech'.

Mr Towler, 64, said: "I've not got any particular axe to grind with anyone; this has been something on the back of my mind for many years.

"The town gets worse instead of better with every council initiative. I am fairly relaxed about it all but saw this as a chance to get it off my chest with some degree of humour."

Mr Towler's poem is based on a war-time poem by Captain Hamish Blair entitled 'Bloody Orkneys'. It was published by the BBC in 'The Nation's Favourite Comic Poems' in 1998.

He highlights that no trains serve Wisbech, derelict shops in High Street and the confusion faced by motorists at the Freedom Bridge roundabout - which he calls the 'spiral roundabout'.

There's also the wait for developers to start building new homes near the Boathouse Business Centre, and the wait for Fenland District Council to decide the best solution for the market place.

Mr Towler, of May's Lane, was born in Walsoken and attended Queen's School for Boys. He spent his working life at Metalbox in Weasenham Lane and has always lived in the Wisbech area.

He said: "I have had no incentive to leave Wisbech, and always said it is the best town to live in England. But my confidence is slowly ebbing.

"I thought the market place and High Street would be sorted by now, but now we've got a number of new problems like the traffic light chaos at Tesco and the spiral roundabout layout.

"Most of the comments are still current after 10 years and still will be for another 10 years."

Bloody Wisbech

The bloody town's a bloody cuss,

No bloody train, one bloody bus (to London),

And no one cares for bloody us,

In bloody Wisbech.

The bloody High Street, bloody ruins,

Bloody pigeons, bloody cooing,

Bloody progress? Nothing doing,

In bloody Wisbech.

The bloody market, bloody cars,

Fenland live on bloody Mars,

And say the problem isn't ours,

In bloody Wisbech.

Bloody lights, bloody bad,

Road bloody planners, bloody mad,

Poor bloody drivers, bloody sad,

In bloody Wisbech.

Bloody traffic, bloody worse,

Bloody spiral, bloody curse,

Bloody stress we have to nurse,

In bloody Wisbech.

Bloody nightclub, de-bloody-molished,

Bloody council should be admonished,

JCBs should be abolished,

In bloody Wisbech.

Bloody boathouse stands alone,

No bloody flats, no bloody homes,

Give the builders a bloody loan,

For bloody Wisbech.

The bloody dog track, no bloody flicks,

Still just a pile of bloody bricks,

Bloody downturn, in the sticks,

In bloody Wisbech.

The bloody town, is bloody dead,

Best bloody place, is bloody bed,

With bloody ice pack tied on head,

In bloody Wisbech.


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