excerpt from 'The Twenty-three years, or the late way of life' pp. 219-220 (178 words)

excerpt from 'The Twenty-three years, or the late way of life' pp. 219-220 (178 words)

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The Twenty-three years, or the late way of life

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[In autumn 1925 Joseph Armitage set off on foot from Leeds to York in search of work. He spent the next six years as an itinerant labourer. He recalls the listening experience in the 1970s] 

 

As the men came out from the coalyard and the other works the younger man began to sing. He had a strong baritone voice and I listened as he sang “I’m only an old rough diamond”. 

 

By now the women and girls from Terry’s chocolate factory were passing together with one or two men as well going along the bank in the opposite direction to which I had just come.

 

As they passed me one by one, most of them dropped pennies into my cap, and I was so surprised that all I could do was murmur “Thank you-Thank you”. 

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It is now many years since that Friday evening but I can still clearly remember the mans [sic]voice singing:- “Never a care have I, for I’m only an old rough diamond, but a king of the road am I!” 

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