On the Death of Frank Sidebottom

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On the Death of Frank Sidebottom

Submitted: June 21, 2010

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Submitted: June 21, 2010



Eccentric as the British are perceived to be

This man was eccentric within his own community.

Initially we were baffled by his sense of humour, until

Cleverly sucked into his off-beat understanding

We rolled about the floor in tears, laughing.

A gentle kind of comedy that transcended gender

And appealed to children or adults of any age

He was uninhibited in getting audiences to

Participate in singing along with.…

A man dressed in huge shorts, with a huge cardboard head on.

With unskilled ventriloquism he waved Little Frank,

Until his head fell off his body and he could no longer dance.

He was a football mascot for many unsuccessful clubs.

He was a test-card pilot appearing in your local pub.

He was a uniquely Northern obscure legend,

A throw back to working class communities

And the old music halls. He remained small but large

And hugely loved as he called out the raffle

And gave away his household goods.

He was absolutely rubbish, he was that flipping good

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