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Video: Beccles Is, Beccles Was, Beccles Says

14:38 20 November 2012

The Gorilla inside the Beccles card shop is mentioned in the poem.  Picture: Nick Butcher

The Gorilla inside the Beccles card shop is mentioned in the poem. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The sights and sounds of a market town have been encapsulated in a video poem.

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From clock faces on a tower that tell their own time, to memories of double seats in the back row of an old cinema and a familiar shop window gorilla that continues to dance, every aspect of Beccles life is celebrated.

The poem, Beccles Is, Beccles Was, Beccles Says, has been created by the town festival poet-in-residence Dean Parkin, in an effort to sum up the town.

Mr Parkin said: “All the words of the poem, all the phrases and ideas, were generated by the people of Beccles. My job was to spot the themes and recurring ideas and feelings and edit them together.

“It was like one massive jigsaw which I hope will create a picture of what Beccles is and was and what it said to me in 2012.”

Mr Parkin gathered the ideas through a series of workshops with schools and other community groups as part of his work for the 2012 Beccles Festival.

The memories, thoughts and reflections of Beccles residents were also submitted on ‘What Beccles Means to me’ postcards that were distributed throughout the town during the summer.

The result is a five minute poem read by Mr Parkin with help from local schoolchildren against photos across the town.

It finishes: “There’s two things about Beccles, I’m still not sure I know, Is it Lee-man and Lee-do? Or Lemon and Li-do?”

A book has also been created containing the full poem as well as participants’ contributions and images.

The book will be launched on Saturday, December 8 at 4pm at Beccles Books, in Exchange Square, where Mr Parkin will be signing copies.

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