Betsy Bell was born in 1926. She went to Brockhall hospital in 1959, and except for a few months away in the 1970s, lived there until she left in 1991.
David Brandon wrote down some of Betsy’s memories of Brockhall in his 1990s book, Strange Places: Experiences in Mental Handicap Hospitals.
Betsy remembered songs her and others used to sing at Brockhall. Here is one of them:
“Come to Brockhall
Make no delay
Just around the corner
You’ll find the way
That’s all we get
Just a bucket of water
And thank God for that.
God made the bees
The bees made the honey
The patients do the work
While the staff get the money.”
The last four lines of this song are the same as that spoken by Harry Oldham from the Royal Albert.