Letter: Remembering Bristol’s first song, from 1955

Posted 8/7/20

Well, ok, it’s alright for a town to have a second song. And we are just a couple of weeks away from Bristol’s 340th birthday —September 1680.

The town had quite a festive 275th …

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Letter: Remembering Bristol’s first song, from 1955

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Well, ok, it’s alright for a town to have a second song. And we are just a couple of weeks away from Bristol’s 340th birthday —September 1680.

The town had quite a festive 275th celebration in 1955. Certainly a highlight, and historic at that, the townspeople were introduced and became participants in the singing — I believe in Andrews School — of a new song. A first — a song dedicated to Bristol in honor of its 275th anniversary

And what made this song more special was its authorship. Two of Bristol’s most knowledgeable musicologists and classroom instructors of music: T.M. Donovan (name as listed in 275th anniversary book as Pageant Committee chair) and Joan Doyle Roth … yes, aunt and neice, writers of: “Bristol, Yes, Bristol.”

Perhaps next month, with a good coordinator, we residents of Bristol could gather (of course following Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Covid-19 social gathering directives) and join in giving a rousing rendition of “Bristol, Yes, Bristol.”

Owen E. Trainor III
Bristol

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