THE BLACK COUNTRY MEMORIES CLUB
Our Meeting 26th September 2004
St. Mary's Church, Oxford Street
||The church foyer was packed. In this
corner members of the church ran a very successful raffle, with many
excellent prizes, starting with a huge tray of fruit which John
Elwell had brought down. Your reporter regrets to report that all
the produce was sold before he could get a jar of pickled onions. On
the right, in red, is Elsie Chattin, whose husband had a grocer's
business in the old Oxford Street.
||Reg Aston had brought along a fantastic display of photos and
maps of old Oxford Street. Our members and visitors remembered old
times and were able to add all sorts of information. And one good
lady was reduced to tears on finding a photograph of her
|Reg and Megan find time, and a little space, to talk to a local
||Roger Cox makes a quizzical comment on a table full
of Phoenix glassware, which was made at the corner of Oxford Street
and Loxdale Street. It was one of many factories in the area.
||Somewhere in here was John Hughes' display
of photos of the area, especially it's transport. The foyer was
about this crowded all day. Our publicity must have worked well -
Jim Speakman getting the local media involved and Tom Larkin
distributing posters and flyers all over town.
||The display boards, with Reg and Sandra's photos, spilled out
into the aisle, where Trevor Genge had set up an automatic slide
show of local scenes.
|We hadn't long got going when 'Arry 'Arrison decide we should
all go outside again, so that he could organise everyone into one
huge photograph for The Bugle.
||And here is the Bugle's photographer taking the
photograph, looking straight past the Express & Star
sign. And then another shower gave us all an excuse for rushing
back inside again.
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