20th December 2020

20th December 2020

It's Chris Greenway's birthday today. I'm not sure if it is a happy one though because his wife has been poorly with the covid 19 virus. I hope she is starting to feel better and Chris doesn't become ill with it. I will send him a new version of his sixtieth birthday song with slightly different lyrics and call it the Sixty First birthday song. If Chris is feeling a bit miserable on his birthday then I am certain that my song will cheer him up!

Lord Zarquon has finished recording my song about Claude Grahame White's pioneering flight over Torbay. I got the idea from David Scott's book about the Upton Vale Baptist Church. It contains some very interesting information about Torquay in the 19th and 20 centuries. It was a mention of the visit of the British warships to Torbay in 1910 that gave me the idea for the song.


Mr Claude Grahame White

And his pioneering flight

See him fly over Torbay

From Torre Abbey Meadows today


In July Nineteen Ten

The fleet is here again

Two hundred warships this time

The view of them is so fine


But Mr Claude Grahame White 

With his pioneering flight

Above the fleet in Torbay

A warning for the admiralty today


A south westerly gale

Forced the fleet to sail

From their gathering in Mounts Bay

To a safe anchorage in Torbay


But Mr Claude Grahame White 

With his pioneering flight

Above the fleet in Torbay

A warning for the admiralty today


The combined fleet is here

With King George it brings good cheer


Above the fleet he flew

To show them what he knew

For their guns could not elevate

To threaten his fragile flying crate


Mr Claude Grahame White

And his pioneering flight

In his Farman biplane

He will surely gain great fam

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