12:50PM, Tuesday 20 February 2018
A Welsh songwriter has released a song in response to the ongoing homelessness situation in Windsor.
Retired police officer Jeff Barley, from Cardiff, said he was inspired to write his track after reading Royal Borough leader Simon Dudley’s comments calling for police to address ‘an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy’ before the royal wedding in May.
The song, called ‘They’re gonna kick me out of Windsor’, includes the lyrics: “They say I’ll spoil the party, if I’m seen there just hanging around.
“I don’t think the happy couple would be too worried if I joined the waving crowds.”
The 69-year-old told the Advertiser: “When I heard the comments coming out of the council I felt the choice of words and the manner in which it was said was heartless.
“You can’t just sweep them under the carpet and make out that the town is squeaky clean.”
Jeff, who has volunteered for Welsh homelessness charity The Wallich, said he hoped his lyrics would help make people more aware of the plight of rough sleepers.
The soft rock song has been released on a non-profit basis.
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