All hail to the ale! Raise your Toby jug to celebrate VE Day


Cheers… this jug has much to answer for

The ingeniousness of Inside Croydon readers knows no ends.

First, David Morgan digs out the story behind a prolific 18th-century poet and lyricist, Francis Fawkes.

Fawkes happened to be the curate of Croydon parish church – known these days as Croydon Minster – and won favour with an Archbishop of Canterbury who was living in the palace nearby.

But then yesterday another reader, John Honnor, takes the manuscript from a song in a popular stage show of the period which used Fawkes’ Toby jug lyric and has put the notes to the tune and recorded it on YouTube. The performance seems redolent of that age.

Thank you, David and John.

Perhaps one of the borough’s amdram groups will get together after lockdown and record their own version with the words added?

All hail to the ale! Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend.

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