The Hayes Sisters - Stockport's Finest 2015

12 December 2015 by Pure Radio

Winner’s of Stockport’s Finest 2015, The Hayes Sisters came into Pure to talk to Paul Holloway, receive their trophy, (supplied by GB Trophies in Davenport) and to record a song in our studio.

‘The New Ballad of John Axon’ pays tribute to a train driver from the Edgeley Depot, who gave his life in 1957 while trying to stop a runaway freight train passing through Chapel-en-le-Frith station after it’s brakes failed. John Axon was posthumously awarded the George Cross for his bravery.

The Hayes Sisters are not the first artists to write a song about this local hero. Ewan MacColl, famous for writing many a folk standard including ‘Dirty Old Town’, penned the ‘The Ballad of John Axon’. The Hayes Sisters song is a new composition with just an acknowledging nod to MacColl’s work by borrowing a line from his song.

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