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Mon, 01 Aug 2011
The Hurdy Gurdy Man from Elizabeth Fleming, such a lovely story.


In Mildenhall is a hurdy-gurdy,
Played by a gypsy brown and sturdy -
Out of the houses the children come,
Out of the gardens and out of shops,
Twirling, whirling, loke coloured tops.
Under the blackened oaken rafter
Old ears cock at the sound of laughter.
Old eyes peer at thegreen-glass panes
And follow the roving children-chains -

Coaxes the music, dance with me!
Every foot in the street is tapping,
 Every hand in the place is clapping,
And Mildenhall is alive and gay
With melodies hurdy-gurdies play.
At last the rollicking jingle ceases
And out come penny and silver pieces,
And the gipsy flashes his widest smile
And trudges on for another mile....

Although the area has been inhabited since neolithic times, Mildenhall is probably better known today as being the location of RAF Mildenhall, one of the United States Air Force's major bases in the UK, and the Mildenhall Air Show, the largest military organised air display in the world.
Certainly, as you wander around the town, you cannot help but notice the accents of our American cousins, and the occasional low flying aircraft.
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