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City Of Change,


Our city has changed
Remodelled by the war,
A battered wreck when
D day arrived in 1944.
There wasn't much left of
The Centre  of our town
Odd bits missed by bombs
That so often rained down.

A double dose at times when,
Bombers, bays still part full
On their way back from the west
Released them on war weary Hull.
And this north eastern town
Was battered far more than most
As the enemy flew homeward
Across our estuarial Coast.

The Humber Estuary,
Broad and wide,
Provided the bombers
With a reliable guide
So huge areas
Impossible to miss
Felt the shock and heat
Of a bomb's deadly kiss.

The scars of that war are
For the most part now gone
As, at its leisurely pace
Our City has moved on.
The Centre is now changed.
City centred docks moved
To the east of the town
And the environment improved.

Where bombs once fell
Children now play
All the reminders  now
Having been cleared away.
With bomb sites developed
We have more open spaces
And those docks have become
A Marina and shopping places.

Still a City of water,
Our past wealth being made
From our whaling, fishing and
General maritime trade.
What the  BBC once called
A Northern Coastal town
Has against odds survived
And slowly and surely grown

There wasn't much left of
The Centre  of our town
Just bits missed by bombs
That so often rained down.
Our city has changed
Remodelled by the war,
Just a battered wreck
On D Day, June 1944.







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