VIDEO: Salisbury MP maintains ancient tradition

VIDEO: Salisbury MP maintains ancient tradition

Published at 12:07pm 13th December 2019.

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John Glen, Salisbury's newly re-elected MP, has once again upheld the ancient tradition of singing "The Vly be on the Turmut" from the balcony of the city's White Hart Hotel.

The unofficial county anthem, sung in the local dialect, is one of the marching songs of the Wiltshire Regiment and a tradition that dates back more than 300 years.


At 11am this morning, (13th Dec 2019), accompanied by young musicians from Salisbury Cathedral School, it was the fourth time John aired his vocal talents to crowds of onlookers and supporters.

A small crowd of on-lookers stopped to watch, cheer their 'hurrahs', and applaud,

John Glen MP with musicians from Salisbury Cathedral School on the balcony of the White Hart hotel in Salisbury.
ANCIENT TRADITION: John Glen MP with musicians from Salisbury Cathedral School on the White Hart Hotel balcony.


The chorus refers to problems about keeping turnip beetles away.

'Twere on a jolly zummer's day, the twenty-fust o' May,
John Scroggins took his turmut-hoe, wi' thic he trudged away:
"Now zome volks they likes haymakin', and zome they vancies mowin'-
But of all the jobs as I likes best, gi'e I the turmut-hoein'."

The vly, the vly,
The vly be on the turmut -
'Tis all me eye
Fer I to try
To keep vly off the turmut.

John Glen is reported to have spent 'a great deal of time' rehearsing the song in anticipation of winning his place once again in the House of Commons, and on this occasion, his fourth time around, the city's MP appears to have settled into the role of singing "The Vly Be On The Turmut" from the Balcony of The White Hart Hotel.


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