Video: Song celebrates Thetford’s character

Members of the Monday Morning Club with the band Magpye at the launch of the Thetford Song. Members of the Monday Morning Club with the band Magpye at the launch of the Thetford Song.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
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Now you can sing along

We tread this path of memories

Along ancient streets of history

Trackways of antiquity

Important through the centuries.

Look kindly on Boudicca’s seat,

Our mighty Hill, where two rivers meet,

Where Edmund fell to his defeat,

It’s all in the ground beneath our feet.

(Chorus) And Thetford people know

That you reap just what you sow

And beauty will always grow

Where you let your love show.

On Old Market Street and Nether Row

Dad’s Army’s marching feet echo.

Now Mainwaring sits watching us go,

And still we all enjoy the show.

Our famous son, one Thomas Paine,

Citizen of the world became.

His Common Sense did bring him fame

The world must not forget his name.

(Chorus)

Astride his horse sits Duleep Singh

He loved the town, the town loved him.

And first we were with Dr Minns,

We can be proud of many things.

Thetfordians are made, you’ll find,

Of Burrell steam, of flint and pine,

Of rugged ruins, clustered thyme,

Of Breckland wild... but a Welcome Kind.

(Chorus)

Now Thetford has joined an illustrious list of global destinations to get its very own musical tribute after local band Magpye launched its Thetford Song.

The town’s Monday Morning Club wanted a song to launch the Thetford-themed Flintknapper’s garden which will take pride of place at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

As everything in the garden is about Thetford, or comes from the town, organisers Jane Varanand, Maggie Findlay, Marilyn Barrett and Anne Short wanted a tune to represent all that was good about Norfolk’s fourth largest settlement.

So when Ron Wood and his band came up with their Thetford Song, the four residents knew they had found the perfect love song to the town.

Performed live for the first time to a crowd gathered in King’s Square, the song has now been given the honour of being played as the garden is unveiled at the Hampton Court press launch on Monday.

Mr Wood hopes it will not be a one-hit wonder but long be remembered as an anthem to his home town, where he has lived since the age of four.

“This was a great opportunity to compose a love song to the town,” the 41-year-old said.

“I’ve written local songs before but never one about the town itself. It was a chance to verbalise how we can be proud about our town.”

Mr Wood admitted that getting across a message of pride in the town and incorporating its famous historical figures, landmarks and all that makes it great in just 3mins 35secs was a tough ask.

However, he said: “I’m a local lad so I didn’t need much inspiration.

“It didn’t need to do any research because all these things had been in the back of my mind to try and put together in a song.”

Mr Wood came up with the main lyrics and tune over the course of a weekend and then spent time trying to fit the two together.

Mrs Varanand said she was “blown away” by the tune when she first heard it.

She added: “This is a massive thing for Thetford and has never been done before.

“It is inspiring and just makes you feel so patriotic about Thetford when you hear the song.”

What do you think about the Thetford Song? Write, giving your full contact details, to: EDP Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email edpletters@archant.co.uk.

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