Brierley Hill Girls Memories - a Memory of Brierley Hill.

I was born in Chapel Street, in 1947. My uncle, Len Gray, had a newsagents in the town, near the bus stop by the Old Post Office, as was. My Grandad used to sell papers on the Five Ways and as a girl I would stand with him, and later progressed to having a paper round, down Corbett Road. I worked as a Saturday girl at Timothy Whites in the photo - and we used to get the 282 bus at 6 oclock back home to Wordsley, get changed and catch the same bus on the return, so we could get to Cradley Heath Speedway, on Saturday nights. I remember going to Youth Club at Brockmoor Youth Centre, you had to go to church first to qualify, I was at Brierley Hill Grammar School, Bromley Lane, by then - also we used to help at the Civic, when Brierley Hill Operatic Society had their shows, with John Wood, Sam Dean and Betty Banks.
After A levels at Dudley Tech, I had a career in the NHS before leaving to have a family in 1974 - I now live in Stourbridge, near to Mary Stevens Park, where I would be taken as a child, it seemed like Alton Towers to me, I recall the long walk up Worcester Street and the joy of seeing those fabulous gates. I also recall long afternoons at Stourbridge outdoor baths, and on rare wonderful occasions, going to the Lido at the Stewponey. Also when at BHGS we would cycle up towards Enville Golf Club, I loved feeling we were so near the countryside yet having all the benefits of the town.

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Wed Feb 21st 2018, at 10:09 pm
martyn.hill123 commented:
I remember Len well, and the girl who worked in his newsagents, (she was a niece or possibly Len's daughter) i understand. Len would deliver the Express & Star each week day to my parents Tom & Alice Hill's home at 159 Delph Rd....always in his car. 159 was opposite Mrs Maybury's Delph Post Office. I went to Mill St School with her son Ian. I can also remember Dicky Didlock's Silver End P.O and Newsagents. This business was later acquired by two brothers Mike & Max. Last time i saw one of them they were living In York Crescent Wollaston. Didlock's was opposite Joe Greens Coach Garage. I had a brief conversation with Joe's daughter Nicky at The Unicorn Wollaston in 2016 who happened to be sitting at the same table as my wife & myself . We spoke about the article in the County Express in the 70's regarding Joe's encounter with the ghostly riders on their way to apprehend Guy Fawkes at Himley (anyone remember that article) it became famous Nicky told me.She still has enquiries about the article from around the world. Regards Martyn Hill

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