Newport County AFC held their annual Carol Service in the Parish Church on 13th December. The congregation numbered 150, including the Mayor, Mayoress, staff and players of the County. Items were sung by the choirs of Eveswell School and the U3A. The U3A sung a special anthem “The Black and Amber Men”
The verses were penned by “Dyfrig” a South Wales Argus employee, in 1916. They are fairly typical of the amateur poetry of that time and tell in simple language of the wonderful performance in the theatres of war of “our local lads”. The poem was printed to boost morale amongst those who had their loved ones fighting for king and country and for that reason Stephen Berry decided that a simple musical setting was appropriate, with a singable melody and the thundering climax to each verse which comes in the last line of each:
THE BLACK AND AMBER MEN
We look around the earth a bit,
To countries near and far,
To see how people have been hit
By this stupendous war;
And find wherever we may go,
In solid fact or dream,
With tightening grip upon the foe
A “Black and Amber” team.
They scourge the U-Boats that infest
The broad Atlantic’s waves;
They guide in safety from the west
The legions of the “braves”;
They sweep the sea, they hold the land,
On mountain peak and glen;
As sentinels of war, they stand-
The “Black and Amber” men.
In every climate you meet with them,
And get a Gwent salute;
They give in Old Jerusalem
The Order of the Boot;
No region of the teeming earth
Within the human ken
Can boast a team of greater worth
Than “Black and Amber” men.
Thanks to all parishioners who attended, Keith.