Mother, go into the kitchen,
Mother bring me ale and cakes!
Mother switch on the radio, it's time for Brian Jacques!
Once upon a time, back in the sweltering days before the flood,
when children's ideas of fun and games were shaped by Hollywood.
A ragged band of Cowboys and Indians crossed the great divide,
from Lambeth Road they swaggered and strode and soon were safe inside,
Stanley Park, the home of bowling greens, orderly gardens,
lakes and ducks and mud.
A young boy stood and looked up at the sandstone wall
and from somewhere far away a siren voice began to call.
A world of creatures great and small began to form in his imagination.
An artist's palette of colours gave him an inspiration,
and a talent to amuse and educate became his life's vocation.
By Brian O'Connell