Locals pen Christmas Carols

Christmas Carol: Lilly Padgett.
Christmas Carol: Lilly Padgett.

While many of us sit down to write our Christmas cards at this time of year, two Ilkeston residents have put pen to paper for a different reason and have composed their own Christmas carols.

Seven-year-old Lily Potts-Padgett was decorating a Christmas themed mug when she came up with hers.

John Considine.

John Considine.

She said: “Me and my daddy were talking about our favourite Christmas songs when I thought of making up a new one.

“I like lots of Christmas songs but we always sing the same ones, so I started thinking about it and said ‘what about a song all about Santa’s workshop’.

“Then I thought of a jolly dolly and we decided she could be called Holly because it’s a nice Christmassy name.”

Lily set to work with her dad, Mark, and Holly the Jolly Dolly was written.

The song, complete with an original and catchy melody, is written from the perspective of an excited girl who has asked for a new doll from Santa. It tells the story of a doll made in Santa’s workshop but she falls from Santa’s sack and gets left behind.

The girl wakes to find an empty stocking and is sad all day until Santa returns with the doll on Christmas night.

Pupils at Holly’s school, Trowell Primary, are set to sing the song in assembly and a group from St Helen’s Church will sing it when they do their annual carol singing next week.

Lily’s dad Mark said: “We want as many people to start singing the song as possible. It would be great if schools could use it in their Christmas shows and groups performed it a carol concerts.”

But Lily is not the only person who has come up with a new Christmas carol. Retired teacher John Considine has written his own festive song, using old Ilkeston language.

‘An ‘Owd Il’son Carol’ was written by John as he thought about Christmases gone by.

He explained: “Dwelling on a homely past got me to thinking of more innocent Christmases than we are used to today.

“Owd Il’son seems absolutely honest and homely to me, and I hope it never fades away.”

Using local dialect, John hopes his carol will appeal to Ilkeston folk. The carol is sung to the tune of Silent Night.

He said: “It is just a bit of fun really but I hope it puts a smile on people’s faces.

“I am not native Ilkeston but have lived here for many years and as a fomer English teacher and examiner working in this country and others I take great interest in language.

“My notion is that it represents people singing directly to the Infant Jesus, not only singing about Him.”

Holly the Jolly Dolly

by Lily Potts-Padgett

Holly the Jolly Dolly was born in Santa’s workshop

She was made on Christmas Eve and meant to be mine

Holly the Jolly Dolly was born in Santa’s workshop

She fell out of Santa’s sack, he left her behind

I woke up on Christmas morning

There was nothing in my stocking

She was all I wanted but was miles away

Holly the Jolly Dolly was born in Santa’s workshop

She was made on Christmas Eve and meant to be mine

Holly the Jolly Dolly was born in Santa’s workshop

I was sad and lonely until quarter past nine

I looked out on Christmas evening

There was something, it was speeding

Pulled along by reindeer was a man in a sleigh (HOORAY!)

Holly the Jolly Dolly was born in Santa’s workshop

She was made on Christmas Eve and now she is mine!

An Owd Il’son Carol

by John Considine

Aye up my Duck ! lovely you look,

Layin’ on t’straw in the stable’s muck.

Yer Mam an’ yer Dad leanin’ o’er their treasure

Give over scraytin’ for love they can’t measure,

Smile for them our little fell..er

Smile for your Mam and your Dad!

Animals ’round, don’t meck a sound,

Nature’s tellin’ them thee’ve found

Summat that’s real, that they know and they feel,

Same as them shepherds and Wise Men who kneel,

Sound me Duck ! - sound as a pou..ound

Sound me Duck - sound as a pound.

Bless us Our Youth, ’cause in our way

We know your star shines on us to this day.

If we forget you, (and often we do)

Christmas reminds us az your love is true.

Thank you for seein’ us through, Duck !

Thank you for seein’ us through.

Copyright to John Considine, Ilkeston, 3rd November 2013