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Memories of Wednesbury
On The Market And Such...
Dad used to take me to help on the market stall he had right outside Woolworth's as he and mom had a Ladies & Children's Wear in Birmingham. His cousin was Mayor at the time - hence the prime spot? I remember the Tilley Lamps, and the stout lady who ran the fruit and veg stall on the visible corner, who used to hitch up her skirt to reveal £1 and ten-bob notes stuffed into her stocking tops! My cousin and me used to go the '3d Crush' at the Palace on a Saturday afternoon (never the 'Ri'!) and have a 1d dip which had bits of pork that had drained through if you were lucky and we asked for the scratchings. I also remember Masons and being fascinated by the money tube whizzing to the cashier....ah! the big slabs of butter and sides of bacon! I was born in Wednesbury and lived there 1939-48 - well protected by the Home Guard during the war with their ack-ack guns! My... Read more
Wednesbury as A Lad
I have too many memories to many to go into - apprentice Elec; at Patent Shaft steelworks, left Wednesbury aged 20 for 2 years RAF National Service, lived in south Yorkshire since 1954 - think about standing with fire watchers top of air-raid shelter Dangerfield Lane low side of No 92. Aged 12 in 1942 when parachute mines fell next to old-park works Kings Hill, I ended up bottom of steps, 4 firewatchers on top of me. Playing football for Holyhead Road Senier school, first 2 games to be staged 1n 1944 against St Barts - on Bilston Rd playing fields - we won 6-1 first match and drew 0-0, second - does anyone care about who remembers these games? Hours of football played on "top of the hill", Wednesbury Park, with lads from Hardy Road, cousins George and Geoff Dawes, Gorden Richards, Walter Russon, Frankie Lloyd, Beardsmore brothers, Professer Lilac? and several more - keeping an eye out for the park keeper who may have turned a blind eye. Happy days... Best... Read more
My Memories of Wednesbury.
I remember going to the Rialto cinema, we called it 'the fleapit', it was a bit rough. The manager used to wear a smart black suit, he would be in the kiosk taking the money, I think he ran the place as a one-man-band, as he seemed to do everything, even selling the ice-cream in the interval! I remember going there to see "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and it scared me to death! I remember my mom taking me shopping to the Market on a Saturday, and if I was lucky she would buy me a coloured ribbon foir my hair, that cost 5d in those days. Money was very tight, and I remember having to stand for ages at the Shambles as Mom looked for second-hand shoes and clothes to buy. If she could afford it my Mom would buy us a quarter of Chocolate Toffee from Teddy Grey's sweet shop. "Happy days."
Celebration Fireworks Panic
To celebrate some milestone in Wednesbury's history, there was a bonfire and firework display at Hydes Road around about the 60's. To ensure everyone's safety, the fire brigade were given the job of setting off the fireworks. The area was fenced off for extra safety. I reckon there must have been about 2000 people there. Firemen let off a few fireworks, but suddenly rockets and other explosive things fired into the crowd causing panic amongst the crowds. Sparks must have got into boxes where fireworks were stored. I hope someone else out there witnessed this as I have never met anyone that had seen it.
Paul talked about the Home & Colonial. I think it was "Masons" used to be next door in the market place. I remember getting a 'penny dip' on the way back to school (Ridding Lane Primary). Mum would have gone potty if she had known we did that after a good meal at home. The other thing was the market vendors would always let us have 'speckled apples' for nowt, just for the asking.
Home & Colonial
I can remember my Aunt Marjorie working in the Home & Colonial in the Marketplace. I used to sit in my pram outside and she would bring me something nice. I can still remember the smell of the cheeses and hams.