feel the noize

Grand National day in the UK has a special poignancy round these parts.

Our village has the honour of being the last resting place of two winners of arguably the best-known steeplechase in the world.

Reynoldstown was a back-to-back winner in 1935 and 1936, and Well To Do took the prize in 1972.

It’s quite an historic double connection.

The National has been part of my sporting life for over half a century through the Foinavon pile-up race in 1967 through to the race that wasn’t in 1993.

Never a gambling family, our luck with sweepstakes down the years has been riddled with misfortune.

Worst of all was the year 1973 when my father got Crisp in his office sweep.

Miles out in front, Crisp was slowly caught and then finally overtaken in the last few strides by the great Red Rum in the first of his trio of wins.

So as the horses are lining up this afternoon at Aintree, millions of once-a-year punters will be hoping their each-way bet is in with a chance.

With that thought in mind, here’s a 1973 hit that was dominating the UK charts as Red Rum was beginning his Grand National odyssey.


Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize


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