|Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire||
"The poem is about a character called bogey dean - a local bogey man who lit up the Stoke skies at night from Shelton Bar's furnaces.
A lot of people have never heard of bogey dean but I as a child seem to remember his name being mentioned a few times and also recently I saw an article about Shelton bar in the Advertiser paper, Nov 19th 2009, and they mentioned how kids were frightened of the mysterious bogey dean, it also mentions that Shelton bar stretched from Cobridge to Etruria and while under the private ownership of John Summers, at its peak it employed a workforce of 10,000 men.
The main works closed in 1978 just leaving a rolling mill, now alas I think it has all gone completely there is nothing left of it, it's quiet sad really.
A lot of people in Stoke on Trent who used to work there still believe that if it had stayed as a private company under the ownership of John Summers and not been nationalised it would probably still been going in some shape or form even to this day, but that we will never know."
a bellowing skyline of curves of smoke
© John Leneghan 22/10/09
The illustrations are from Sid
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