Poetry break at the For Teas wartime cafe

First published in News

A cafe with a Home Front wartime theme is selling a booklet of poetry inspired by the First World War.

Keighley taxi driver Eric Bishop wrote the anthology to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and it is now on sale at For Teas, in North Street, Keighley.

The booklet, which ties in with the centenary of the war starting in 1914, costs £1.50 from the cafe.

Mr Bishop, 60, originally wrote a poem last November entitled Little Red Flower after hearing that the For Teas was giving away poppy seeds in commemoration of the First World War.

He presented a copy of the poem to the cafe, and owner Janet Croden hung it on the wall.

Mr Bishop said: “I went on the For Teas Facebook page and got some nice comments. I started putting other poems and people liked them.”

Mr Bishop said one poem was about people on the Home Front while another was dedicated to the Men of Worth Project, which records the experiences of local servicepeople.

In the past his poems have raised money for the former Braithwaite Special School, and in the future he intends to publish an anthology in aid of Manorlands.

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