8th December 1868

Mohamed Saloo

A historic moment
A milestone in time
The issued royal charter
By Victoria’s sign
To grant this town
Of shoddy fame
The right to define
Its future aims

A rise in fortunes
An industrial boom
Mills built high
On fortunes fumes
Population growth
A rapid advance
This town needed more
Than being left to chance

And so it began
The petition drawn
The path to a borough
That day be born
Dear people of Batley
Your town’s future fate
Was defined by a charter
On December the eighth.

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