A Tenner and a Turkey

from No Redemption Songs by Ribbon Road

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Miners and their families traditionally have a good Christmas, but in 1984 times were very hard with everything against them. Several hundred support groups had been set up, often led by miner’s wives and girlfriends groups such as ‘Women Against Pit Closures’, help also came from outside the community, even from abroad, to make sure that Christmas was celebrated to the full in Easington. Keith photographed it and a French film crew filmed it. This is the story that the pictures tell made into a song.

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A TENNER AND A TURKEY

It’s jingle bells and cockle shells
Hanging on the tree
Christmas comes from Russia with love
And friends from Germany
The North East beer is still the best
And the sherry’s sweet from Spain
And we all live on Quality Street
And snap’s me favourite game

There’s holly up and mistletoe
Waiting for a kiss
The bashful lads are hanging back
‘Cos the lipstick lasses are laughing in the corner
Toys from France for the boys and girls
Giving up some joy
The silver bells are ringing out
To make some Christmas noise

Angels come from every realm
Glory shines around
From every face of every friend
That keeps us up from falling down
A tenner and a turkey doesn’t go far
But we’ll all make a wish
And come New Year we’ll start again
With pate on a silver dish and champagne

New Year’s Eve and us on film
Stephan got a shock
Everybody going into everybody’s house
Then everybody coming back
We drank to his health and his health again
Doors all open wide
Trays and trays of sandwiches and cakes
From Myrtle with her New Year smile

So it’s jingle bells and cockle shells
Kindness is for free
Christmas comes but once a year
And that’s enough for me
We all go daft in wor paper hats
And there’s the victory V
The men do the dishes
‘cos the food was so delicious
And the lads are red with bliss
‘cos the lasses got a kiss
So have another drink on me

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from No Redemption Songs, released August 23, 2014

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Brenda Heslop
Jill Heslop
Geoff Heslop

For the last 26 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
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