Celebrating 150 years of the Lampton Worm

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The Lambton Worm Customs House

This years Panto Season is coming to a close again and our local stars at The Customs House have once again performed fantastically well. The Little Panto with the Big Heart has once again proved to be a massive success. The Customs House is an important part of the South Tyneside Community and we here at Cell Pack Solutions  are always proud to be associated and support their initiatives wherever we can.

This years performance saw the cast celebrate 150 years of the Lampton Worm folk song. A song that has filled the ears of children and adults across the region, settling in their hearts and filling them with pride. If you aren’t from the North East and haven’t heard about the famous worm, find the song below (along with translations)

The Lampton Worm

 One Sunda morn young Lambton went
 A-fishing in the Wear;
 An’ catched a fish upon he’s heuk
 He thowt leuk’t vary queer.
 But whatt’n a kind ov fish it was
 Young Lambton cudden’t tell-
 He waddn’t fash te carry’d hyem,
 So he hoyed it doon a well


 Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
 An’ aa’ll tell ye aall an aaful story,
 Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
 An’ Aa’ll tel ye ‘boot the worm.
 Noo Lambton felt inclined te gan
 An’ fight i’ foreign wars.
 He joined a troop ov Knights that cared
 For nowther woonds nor scars,
 An’ off he went te Palestine
 Where queer things him befel,
 An varry seun forgat aboot
 The queer worm i’ tha well.


 But the worm got fat an’ grewed an’ grewed,
 An’ grewed an aaful size;
 He’d greet big teeth, a greet big gob,
 An greet big goggly eyes.
 An’ when at neets he craaled aboot
 Te pick up bits o’ news,
 If he felt dry upon the road,
 He’d milk a dozen coos.


 This feorful worm would often feed
 On caalves an’ lambs an’ sheep,
 An’ swally little bairns alive
 When they laid doon te sleep.
 An when he’d eaten aall he cud
 An’ he had had he’s fill,
 He craaled away an’ lapped he’s tail
 Ten times roond Pensha Hill.


 The news ov this myest aaful worm
 An’ his queer gannins on
 Seun crossed the seas, gat te the ears
 Ov brave an’ bowld Sor John.
 So hyem he cam an’ catched the beast,
 An’ cut ‘im in twe haalves,
 An’ that seun stopped hes eatin’ bairns
 An’ sheep an’ lambs an’ caalves.


 So noo ye knaa hoo aall the foaks
 On byeth sides ov the Wear
 Lost lots o’ sheep an’ lots o’ sleep
 An leeved i’ mortal feor.
 So let’s hev one te brave Sor John
 That kept the bairns frae harm,
 Saved coos an’ calves by myekin’ haalves
 O’ the famis Lambton Worm.

 (Final Chorus)

 Noo lads, Aa’ll haad me gob,
 That’s aall Aa knaa aboot the story
 Of Sir John’s clivvor job
 Wi’ the aaful Lambton Worm.

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