SD4364 : The Bay of Words

taken 8 years ago, near to Morecambe, Lancashire, Great Britain

The Bay of Words
The Bay of Words
Plaque in memory of the Chinese cockle pickers, who drowned in February 2004:

The Bay of Words by Laverne

From dawn to dusk and through the night,
They worked and riddled out of sight.
Far away on distant shores,
Men and women do their chores.

Families so very far to see,
Pick cockles for you and me.
A fruitful day as some would say,
We picked cockles on Morecambe Bay.

Such success we trawled for more,
On this lovely majestic shore.
Are we illegal? No we are not!
Travelled migrants we forgot.

Just how savage can life be?
For each and all including me!
In utter panic we lost our way,
And on the bay we had to stay.

The light went dim we should have known,
Morecambe Bay is now our home.
Oh gentle people be so kind,
Always keep us in your minds.

We worked so hard to get our pay,
Oh good lord what a way!
Cold... Wet... And in the dark, we become the bay.
Remembered as part of the majestic Morecambe Bay.

To end our day and nights too,
On Morecambe Bay so loved by you!
Sunshine come and light the bay,
We won't see another day.

Look out and you will see,
Passing migrants just like me!
Please remember how we fell,
It was just a living hell.

So see the birds up in the sky,
They take our souls and make them fly.
Across the world from whence they came,
Sharing in the bays great fame.

Remember us with love not fear!
We like you,
Now live here!

Completed by Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service - Princes Trust
Morecambe Team - 17 July 2007
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009
Category
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 435 646 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:4.4803N 2:51.8247W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 435 646
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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