Take a trail round Ted’s old haunts

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Poetry fans can take a step back in time on a special performance trail that celebrates writer Ted Hughes’ upbringing in Mexborough.

The ‘Ted Hughes Paper Round’, on Tuesday, September 9, will retrace his steps delivering newspapers in the town as a young boy and take in some of the sights which inspired the late poet laureate’s most famous work.

Organiser and poet Steve Ely, aged 49, said: “Ted Hughes is one of our greatest-ever writers and his time growing up in Mexborough informed much of his most celebrated work.”

The trail will start at 2pm at Hughes’ childhood home, 75 Main Street, Mexborough.

It will then move to the former Mexborough Grammar School, now the town business centre, where visitors can see the classroom and library he used to attend.

From there, the group will visit the area around South Yorkshire Navigation Canal and the River Don – two places he used to walk past on his paper round - for recitals of his poems ‘Pike’ and ‘The Rainhorse’.

The trail will end at the Manor Farm pub in Old Denaby with more poetry readings and stories about his formative years playing in the rural areas.

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