We Wunt Be Druv

May I submit this poem (adapted version) in response to the threat of closure to The Black Horse, Amberley (the original version is displayed in the Black Horse. All I have done is replaced ‘Sussex’ with ‘Amberley’).

‘We Wunt Be Druv’

Motto and poem of Sussex (adapted by Richard W. Symonds - ‘Ode To The Amberley Black Horse’)

Some folks as comes to Amberley

They reckon as they knows

A darn sight better what to do

Then silly folks like me and you

Could possibly suppose

But them as comes to Amberley,

For Amberley will be Amberley

And Amberley won’t be druv.

All folks as comes to Amberley

Must follow Amberley ways,

And when they’ve larned to know us well

There’s no place else they’s wish to dwell

In all their blessed days.

There ant no place like Amberley

Until you goos Above,

But Amberley will be Amberley

And Amberley won’t be druv.

RICHARD W. SYMONDS

The Cyril Joad Society (and Sussex Festival of Philosophy Organiser), Lavington Close, Ifield