My response to the empty space that was Dolgarrog Aluminium works and the pride of the people who worked there. The work was part of Haus of Helfa for Llawn01. Taken from an 8mm cine film projection found at a car boot sale and over 3 hrs of conversation with John ‘Brickie’ Roberts. Then projected on the old Canteen wall at Dolgarrog Aluminium works.
Getting Laid(off) Up North
Valley wind dried the damp and cold.
Exterior wall white and bold.
Standing to attention,
as the 170 leave shattered but united.
Imagine a brick for each story told,
apprentice’s to Forman,
young, lazy and old.
Installed Indian shores the press still chatters.
The forgotten village,
unemployment community tatters.
the wall came first,
and still stands last.
For whom the productive past matter’s?
I can see it now…
home rang the bell,
down to the local,
gags and plans,
union rep delivers,
the mood shatters!
Closing a locker for the last time.
As the page 3 brakes a frown,
coffee mug at ease,
canvas bag to shoulder,
last latch of the gate.
He passes the same white wall,
now unemployed and brow furrowed.
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