Ian McMillan poem going on display at Saltaire

Poet Ian McMillan

Poet Ian McMillan

First published in News

A poem by one of Britain’s favourite poets celebrating the history of Saltaire will soon go on display in the village.

The World Heritage Site was a runner-up in the Academy of Urbanism Great Neighbourhood Awards in November when the organisation’s Poet in Residence, Ian McMillan, penned a verse about it.

His work was presented to Bradford Council’s Heritage Champion, Councillor Val Slater, at an awards ceremony in London. It is soon to go on public display at the United Reformed Church.

Coun Slater said: "This is a real honour and makes up for any disappointment of not winning the award outright. We are really pleased to receive the poem and we hope visitors to Saltaire will take time out to read it.”

The poem, called Saltaire, pays tribute to Sir Titus Salt who created the village for his mill workers.

It includes the lines:

“Let’s all raise a glass to the great Sir Titus Salt!

“Saltaire was his dream and it’s a dream that has come true.

“We’d toast him in Ribena, of course, not a glass of malt:

“He was as teetotal as the Saltaire sky is blue.”

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