Tribute to William Norris

Tribute to William Norris

Paul was so touched by the story of Private William Norris that on one of the foulest wettest days of the year, he took a bus across south London to the spot outside the former Tooting Gin Palace to pay a quiet personal tribute to the Summerstown soldier who was killed by a tram on this spot, almost 99 years ago. We intended to film him reading a few lines of verse but the roar of buses, builders trucks and Garratt Lane Friday afternoon mania drowned out the sound. A fine gesture Paul, may the spirit of the Summerstown 182 be with you.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

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