Follow in Mexborough poet Ted Hughes’ footsteps

Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes

Poetry fans are invited to take a step back in time and join a special performance trail that celebrates writer Ted Hughes’s upbringing in Mexborough.

The ‘Ted Hughes Paper Round’ on Tuesday September 9 will retrace his steps delivering newspapers in the town as a young boy and take in some of the sights which inspired the late poet laureate’s most famous work.

Organiser Steve Ely, 49, said: “Ted Hughes is one of our greatest ever writers and his time growing up in Mexborough informed much of his most celebrated work.”

The trail, held as part of a wider programme of events to celebrate Doncaster’s annual St Leger Festival, starts at 2pm at Hughes’s childhood home at 75 Main Street, Mexborough.

The trail will then move to the former Mexborough Grammar School, now the town business centre, where visitors can see the classroom and library he used to attend.

From here, the group will visit the area around South Yorkshire Navigation Canal and the River Don – two places he used to walk past while on his paper round - for more recitals of his poems ‘Pike’ and ‘The Rainhorse’.

The trail will end at the Manor Farm pub in Old Denaby with more poetry readings and stories about his formative years playing in the rural areas.

The trail forms part of a wider project to honour the writer, British poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998, which could include a bronze statue.