The ‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan has penned a poem about Todmorden in celebration of the town being recognised in the Urbanism Awards 2017.
It reached the final in the ‘Great Town’ category, going up against Blackpool and Clonakilty, Ireland, for the accolade.
Clonakilty scooped the award, but judges had much to praise about Todmorden.
Because it reached the final three, Ian McMillan has written a poem about the town and all it has to offer.
Here is the poem:
This is a border town in a Northern Valley
And it faces both ways: Lancs and Yorks
But to understand Todmorden fully
Bring your knives and bring your forks
Bring your plates and an open mind.
This is a border town on the cusp of change
A bespoke and unique one-of- a-kind;
Think canalside milltown then rearrange
Your expectations into this:
A border town that knows no bounds
That fills me with Todmorden bliss
Reduces me to Mmmm-ing sounds
As though the whole of Tod is edible;
Chew it slowly. The taste’s incredible