Sammy writes a song from a Terry Ireland poem. Big Lil Billoca stood up to campaign for Safety for the Hull Trawlermen following the tragic loss of the 3 Tra...

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Comment by Sammy Lloyd on May 21, 2019 at 2:30am

Thanks Derek,  very kind.

Thanks Jim, yes it’s becoming another part of history. In 1968 Hull’s fishing fleet lost 3 trawlers and 58 men. Big Lil was so tired of the Trawler owners not providing safety equipment. They even allowed trawlers to put to sea without Radio operators.....unbelievably the fishermen didn’t take kindly to Big Lil’s interjection as ‘she was a woman’. After she rallied support and went down to London to see the Prime Minister ( followed by the good old BBC film crew) things started to change..... for the good.  Sadly the fishing fleets are now a thing of the past, long gone....along with the UK’s fav cheap dish, fish ‘n chips, cheers

Comment by Derek Rose on May 20, 2019 at 8:47pm

Well told history, great song and excellent singing, Sammy. Nice warm recording too.

Comment by Jim Morris on May 20, 2019 at 7:35pm

Fabulous song about a story that's news to me and to many of us Yanks I'm sure.

Comment by Sammy Lloyd on May 20, 2019 at 4:29pm

Thanks all, yes I love putting poems to songs, found I have to change a few words to ‘make it fit’.

We got 14 songs now for a charity album 7 from Sue Ireland (all about women) and 7 from husband Terry all about Hull’s fishing history and his military national service, and how US troops influenced his life) a heady mixture. Appreciate your very kind remarks 

Comment by Andries D. EKER on May 20, 2019 at 8:43am

HistorySongs thats Sammy's Thing ,and it suits you well fine mellow groove to this one strumming at eaz still a great voice SL ! got famely in the toppick? or just someting that grabbed you !

Comment by Uncle John on May 20, 2019 at 8:40am

I like the title.  Sammy, just what the others said.  Wonderful. 

Comment by the anonymous pick on May 19, 2019 at 7:26pm

a nice listen . 

Comment by Keith Rearick on May 19, 2019 at 2:00pm

Great lyrics and tune. Like when you do these.

Comment by Dave Lynas on May 19, 2019 at 10:54am

Your voice raises goose bumps Sammy. Wonderful tribute to Big Lil.

Comment by smilingdog1 on May 19, 2019 at 10:08am

I like a good ballad Sammy.

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