A Swindonian living in Australia has penned a joyous ode to his home town.

Mick Honeywill sent a letter by air mail from the other side of the world to share his parody song with the Adver.

Inspiration struck after he heard, by chance, Swindon being mocked on late night TV while channel surfing.

Swindon Advertiser: A letter to the Swindon Advertiser from AustraliaA letter to the Swindon Advertiser from Australia (Image: Newsquest)

During the programme, one person said to the other "I wonder what it's like to be dead" and received the response: "Have you ever been to Swindon?"

Mick wrote: "I couldn't believe my ears!"

The next morning, he heard I Left My Heart in San Francisco playing on the radio and - remembering the remark from the previous evening - began penning his own version of the Tony Bennett classic.

Swindon Advertiser: The full letter to the editorThe full letter to the editor (Image: Newsquest)

Mr Honeywell, of Tregathlyn Road, Tara, Queensland, Australia wrote his version: "I Left My Heart in SanFranSwindon".

The loveliness of Walcot,

The beauty of the Parks,

Rodbourne and the Valley,

Oh how they stole my heart.

I left my heart in San FranSwindon.

High on a hill,

The Old Town talks to me,

But not of cable cars

That fly halfway to the stars

But of Robins that

Will never fly away.

I left my heart in San FranSwindon.

Is it because my love is there

We took a stroll through Queens Park

Stayed til after dark

And made love under an 'Evening Star'.

I left my heart in San FranSwindon.

Oh! How I miss the people there,

When I come home to you,

San FranSwindon,

Your 'Rakers Moon' will shine on me.

PS. Go The Town!