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Secret Bridgwater poet is secret no more...
12:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in What's On
FOR years he kept his poetry a secret – even from his wife of 54 years. But when Ted Stock (above) of Bridgwater received a life-changing diagnosis, his poems came flooding out.
He’s now filled eight books with his humorous verses, some of which have even been sent to soldiers on Afghanistan’s frontline.
And he’s continuing to bring cheer to charitable causes in Bridgwater and beyond with readings of his smileinducing stanzas.
“I’ve done it all my life,” Ted said, “but I always felt it was a bit wussy so I’d screw them up and throw them away once I’d written them.
“Then a few years ago I had a very bad diagnosis and was given two years to live, which I’m well past now, and I’d write serious poetry on the computer when the ‘ghosts’ came out of the cupboards. One day my wife Sheila found them, and said, ‘What’s this then? It’s a bit dark – can’t you write anything funnier?’”
So Ted changed tack and started reading his humorous lines for free for local voluntary, church and social groups.
- WANT to hear Ted Stock read his poetry? Call 01278-453914.