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Memories of Wolverhampton
Julia at The Grand
I remember this too - or at least I remember being at the Grand with the infants' school (so it was probably 1956) and Julia Lockwood being in the show.
Or could she have been in a different show? There was a monkey called MixMax...
The Queens, The Civic And The Regent.
Does anyone remember the Regent dance hall, top of Temple Street? The winding stairs of a Sunday night used to be packed with us trying to get in. Was I really stupid or just loved dancing? When in a dinner hour from work, rush to the Queens and then back to work exhausted. Back again on the night. Civic Saturdays.....whatever ever people say, with the coffee bars and dancing, I had a damn good time. Now at 69, it's great to have those memories. Diane Crofts (nee Roberts)
I remember going to the Grand Theatre at Christmas as a child from my Dad's works children's party. Our dads would pay so much a week for their children's Christmas party, and the young ones would have a party at the works canteen and the older ones would be taken to the pantomine at the Grand Theatre. I always remember being fascinated by the opera glasses that were fixed at the back of the seat in front, you had to put an old sixpence in the slot to unlock the glasses that were like binoculars so you could see the performers more closely.
I remember going to the Grand Theatre in Lichfield Street when I was a child. My aunt took me to see Margaret Lockwood in 'Peter Pan'. Her daughter Julia Lockwood was playing Wendy. Afterwards my aunt took me to the stage door and managed to get Margaret Lockwood's autograph and Julia's for me. My aunt was quite well known at the Grand as she visited regularly. Her father, my grandfather, was a violinist in the theatre's orchestra in the 1920s and 1930s. Later he became musical director there. Because of this my aunt worked really hard to prevent the theatre closing when it went through bad times, even to the point of buying rows of seats for performances and then pestering her friends to go with her!
I remember visiting Bedford Williams' Store as a kid, it was opposite Beatties, it had wooden floors and when you paid, your money was sent up to the account room via a tube that sucked up after the assistant pressed a button, and then the receipt came back down with the change. I remember my Mom buying my school blouses from there and watching facinated as the assistant folded them on the counter.
The Milano Coffee Bar.
I remember the first time I went downstairs to the "Mill' as my peers called it. In the cellar, it was dark, mysterious and wonderful. I had just started work and was finding my way around, like others, I was warned to keep away from this 'den of iniquity", however being me I ignored the warnings. I think the young lady behind the counter was called Maureen and she served the best hot chocolate in town. Amongst the clientele was a chap universally known as Mick the Greek, a Cypriot who I later got to know as an engineer with the GPO. When bands were playing there it was bedlam, so many people crowded into so small a place. I can honestly say yes, I was offered certain iffy substances, but only once and then I declined. Sadly it has gone the way of a lot of the town and ceased to be.