Bedwell Teds

Memories of a real life encounter

By Ian Walls

A Teddy boy punched my face, One day in ’83

He was with two mates of his, but I was just with me.

He saw me walking, eyes cast down, he ran across the street

He said ‘Oi Mate’, as I turned round, he knocked me off my feet.

He ran away, yelled ‘TEDDY BOYS’, and left me shocked and dumb,

I slowly rose and grabbed my bag, then ran home to my mum.

My sister’s boyfriend took me up, my brother and my dad,

Out to the car to sort them out, they were really all quite mad.

Round Bedwell shops, up Six Hills Way, down Homestead Moat and Crossgate,

Up Hillcrest, Colestrete, Cuttys Lane they searched til it got late.

No sign was found of Teddy Boys, quite lucky in the end,

My sister’s boyfriend was a wee bit hard and would have battered them.

The Teddy Boys still roamed around from time to time quite scary,

But it taught me to be more on my toes and kept me much more wary

I’d like to say, if they read this, that I hope they’re doing well,

That in one way I’ve beaten them as I’ll happily now tell

They’d never take me this time round, not quite so easily,

Cos they’d be in their 60’s now, while I’m still 43.

This page was added on 07/06/2011.

Comments about this page

  • Dennis Byfield.
    That name brought back some memories. Still rocking I trust.
    Good health Dennis and a long life.
    Regards
    Sav Savage, old 80s skinhead.

    By Sav Savage (30/09/2018)
  • The only running the skins did was thru monks wood and across fairlands .and I give you that they were farst.yeehaa

    By Bobby rocker (10/12/2017)
  • Never mind about the bedwell Ted’s…
    The bedwell skins run things back then…

    By Bullhead (13/10/2017)
  • You know theres rock n roll and rockabilly LIVE down old town and the oval.good bands good GOOD ROCKIN so comb your hair and BOP down there, what you got to lose.

    By johny rocks (06/02/2016)
  • God bless rock n roll and (r.billy) any one heard darrel higham hes top quality up to date and rockin, must see.He’s modest but plays a guitar very well. I rate him.he carrys on where eddie finished off.R.I.P.AND THANKS DARREL I PLAY YOUR MUSIC A LOT. LOVE IT.keep on rockin.

    By johny rocks (03/02/2016)
  • Kingside rock n roll thrills to you Tony. Crazy cavern stargazers and more I was there bro.and in still here bigger and rockin harder than ever. Bedwell Teds were it..Pete Wayne Russ. Steve tom Barry.if you’re out there keep rockin

    By Bop (23/12/2015)
  • Rockabilly and rock n roll late 70’s… great club in Bowes Lyon 

    By tony a (06/12/2015)
  • Teddy boys in the eightys? Thats news to me

    By Paul Johnson (30/06/2015)
  • I remember when a load of london teds came down to bedwell. We had a laugh, a few fights and got drunk. They were shocked how rough it was, but we loved it.

    By Dennis Byfield (03/09/2014)
  • Carnt stop so keep rockin.above the shops bedwell you can still hear that crazy rockabilly.love it

    By Den Rocks (28/07/2014)
  • Going to shops for me paper.TEDDYBOYS every where on windows walls even on the slabs wernt missed. They even painted the roof on the building across the road. There’s even still bits today. Looks like ROCK N ROLL IS HERE TO STAY.

    By Justin (22/05/2014)
  • I remember the bedwell teds.crazy but not yellow.ask the Glebe MODS they bottled it enough times.and lost scooters when scooter booters (TEDDYBOYS) burnt them.bad boys.

    By Bob (29/04/2014)
  • KINGSIZE ROCK N ROLL THRILLS.

    By A TED. (17/04/2014)
  • THANKS BEDWELL TEDDYBOYS.best time of my life.BOP IT.

    By A TED. (15/04/2014)
  • Oi ian something aint right about your poem. You finished with you are 43 and they would be in their 60s that would make allmost a baby at the time. Sounds like a load of old dribble to me.

    By Bopper (02/04/2014)
  • Bashed in the head by a ted.NOW thats a good poem.

    By beddwell teddyboy (19/03/2014)
  • What a fantastic poem mate!

    By Dan (03/08/2012)

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