by Christopher R. Williams
A Geordie boy with a heart of gold
found wonder in a tale of old.
The story of a man with a record to break
who met with disaster on a Cumbrian lake.
such power and speed
But where is she now, where is she indeed.
So the boy now a man searched by night and by day
in the dark murky waters she surely must lay.
Until on a dive he turned round to see
twisted metal ……
blue paint ……
could it be.
So Bluebird was raised and returned to the shore
to where she set out thirty four years before.
But what of her skipper, the speed king on water
“please find him” ……
the request ……
from his only daughter.
With heavy hearts and eyes filled with emotion
his body was recovered with care and devotion.
Draped in the flag of the country he loved
returned from dark water to the sunshine above.
To be honoured ……
and blessed ……
And lovingly, finally, laid to rest.
So the mystery of Coniston is finally known.
The story of Bluebird, remembered, retold.
And our hero Donald Campbell
from our minds will never slip.
And we owe it all to a new hero
his champion ………., Bill Smith.