Set The Night On Fire

To mess, or not to mess, that is the question. Whichever one you choose, it shows the railway viaduct, part of the Bailey Hall factory of Mackintosh’s, and a mill chimney (Clark Bridge Mills, perhaps) with a relatively bare Beacon Hill filling in the gaps between the blackened stone. It is Halifax, of course, and I have guessed the date as being 1974, but you might want to allow me a margin of error of plus or minus five years on that. As soon as I saw this image amongst my old negative archives, I couldn’t get Ewen McColl’s song, Dirty Old Town, out of my mind. I used to meet my love by the gas works wall down there. And there is many an occasion I have seen a train set the night on fire as it has crossed that viaduct.

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