Shop owners’ tribute to ‘poet of the poor’
Hundreds of people watch music video on YouTube
AN Uxbridge shop-owning duo have turned their artistic eye to a famed 19th century poet and printer who lived in the town.
John Bedford Leno, known as the ‘poet of the poor’, was born in Uxbridge in 1826 and owned a printing press in Windsor Street.
After an unpublished poet called The Bells of Uxbridge was discovered by Uxbridge Library, Scott Balcony and Chris Taylor from Balcony Shirts decided to pay tribute to the famous resident.
Scott said: “We did it as a bit of a laugh and we didn’t think anyone would care. It’s got a really good reaction.
“He owned a shop just down the road and wrote poetry and songs, so he did what we’re doing 200 years ago.”
Scott and Chris have owned the shirt printing shop, in Windsor Street, for around seven years and release their own songs through their YouTube channel. Their rendition of The Bells of Uxbridge has been watched almost 1,400 times.
John Bedford Leno wrote the poem in 1870 about St Margaret’s Church. Leno was best known for his poems and songs but also published fiction and non-fiction books as well as newspapers.
Scott added: “He was a bit of a legend.
“We decided to turn it into a song and friends came in to help us out.”
n RENDITION: (Right) Musicians from Balcony Shirts; (left) John Bedford Leno