Sunday, 4 May 2014

Trans Pennine Express

Manchester Piccadilly to Cleethorpes:
the hillsides steep with sheep and dry stone walls.
After the solemn funeral mass,
I take the Trans Pennine Express
through unlit tunnels blasted by navvies;
meet Martin Fry, Phil Oakey and Jarvis.
The hillsides steep with sheep and dry stone walls.
Manchester Piccadilly to Cleethorpes.

2 comments:

Dave Serjeant said...

Hope the funeral went well. I wonder if there's any tribute or memorial planned. An award perhaps?

I drive everywhere nowadays but I know the Manchester to Sheffield stretch of that line (Hope Valley) very well.

Once going up there in the snow, I sat opposite a sixth former with a Manchester Uni prospectus in her hands. Think she may have boarded the train in Norwich because it was like she'd never seen hills before.

For future reference, Sheffield has many good real ale pubs, but the best one is on Platform 1 of the station. Worth knowing while waiting for any connections. I know a couple of amusing Phil Oakey stories as well.

Matthew Paul said...

Hi Dave,

Martin's funeral went as well as it could have done in the circumstances - the sun shone all day and there were loads of people there to pay tribute to Martin. Despite all the sadness, it felt as though there was so much to celebrate about what Martin achieved.

We're still considering a variety of ideas, but it's early days.

I didn't have more than five minutes in Sheffield before the London train arrived, But the Hope Valley line was terrific. Do you want to email me the Phil Oakey stories?