Tag Archives: Brian Stringer

Making a splash!

You readers really are a remarkable bunch – last Friday, I featured a couple of images posted on social media by Chris Leggett of the Express & Star, as part of their bid to gain funding to digitise and open to the public their photo archive – a huge treasury of newspaper images that current exist in print form only.

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The life of Brian

Last week, I posted a great video made by Public Historian Dave Moore with local author and activist Brian Stringer, about Brian’s experiences as The Clayhanger Kid – the video had a very positive response, so Dave has kindly posted a full version for all of Brians fans to enjoy.
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A public partnership

The collaboration initiated by this blog between top local history wonk Dave Moore and The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer, is proving to be productive indeed – and a couple of days ago, I spotted a beautiful video interview with Brian recorded and produced by Dave. It’s excellent, and you can watch it below.

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Can you help The Clayhanger Kid?

I received a message today from friend of the blog and top local campaigner Brian Stringer, author of the best-selling (and now sold out) book The Clayhanger Kid – Brian is in a bit of a pickle – he’s still got people asking for copies of his first book, but sadly, he has none left.
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Caught on celluloid

I have something remarkable coming up on the blog tomorrow, a film I’ve been tracking down for a while, and thanks to the immense generosity and kindness of local history stalwarts Brian ‘Clayhanger Kid’ Stringer and the Young David Evans, I can present it here on the net for the community to share and debate.

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Walsall Wood FC – 22 years ago…

Here’s something I recently came by in a charity shop in Brownhills – it’s the match day program for Walsall Wood FC versus Raunds Town FC, played at Oak Park at 3pm, Saturday 31st August 1991 The cover price was 40p, and this is a hefty 20 page A4 magazine with lots of content.
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Gathering moss

The Clayhanger subsidence and pumping station thread seems to have provoked much interest in the past week – there has been a great deal of reader comment, and I have further bits to add to the story in coming days.
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For the record

Something popped up on Facebook today that made me happy – it’s not to often I can say that about Facebook, but this genuinely made me grin from ear to ear.
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Clocking on

I must admit, the somewhat vexed question of the Council House Clock had slipped my mind – that is, until reader, local history wonk and friend of the blog Andy Dennis wrote to me yesterday.

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Doing the Time Warp again…

I’m pleased to say that The Clayhanger Kid – Brian Stringer – has been in touch with some interesting news.
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The gold hoard to arrive in Brownhills at last…

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It’s festival weekend in Brownhills!

This weekend, we not only have the Brownhills Canal Festival on Sunday (June 23rd 2013), but Brownhills Town Centre Partnership and Walsall Council are running Browhills Town Festival the day before (Saturday, 22nd June 2013).
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Clayhanger Kid Two – Book signing today!

If you’re in Brownhills on Saturday, it would be an excellent opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Brian Stringer’s excellent ‘Clayhanger Kid Two: The Teenage Years’, the sequel to his very successful first ‘Clayhanger Kid’ book.
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A note of thanks

I’m not noted for agreeing with the council here on the Brownhills Blog, and have never held back in criticising them. – however, I like to think that when I feel they’ve got it right, it’s appropriate and correct to point it out.21126363 Continue reading

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Brownhills Canal Festival 2013 – details now available

Details of this year’s Brownhills Canal Festival have kindly been supplied by The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer – I’m trying to get as much info as I can, but as usual, it seems to be Brownhills’ best kept secret.
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The comeback kid

I see that there Brian Stringer has a new book out – Brian is a local lad and longtime resident of the area, who’s well known to locals, both for his community work and interest in local history.

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Just a bit of TLC

I have been contacted by The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer, who’s rightly concerned by the lack of cleaning and maintenance of the Pier Street Pedestrian Bridge.
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The money trail…

Yesterday, a story popped up on the BBC news that probably passed a lot of folk by in the blur of tinsel and turkey that is Christmas. I think this is worth pulling into the light. The plan for a … Continue reading

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Staffordshire Hoard public meeting tonight!

The Clayhanger Kid – perhaps better known to readers of The Brownhills Blog as Brian Stringer is, with other interested parties, tonight holding a public meeting about the Staffordshire Hoard at the Parkview Centre in Brownhills, at 7pm. Brian initially … Continue reading

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The end of the pier

Local author, Clayhanger Kid and friend of the blog Brian Stringer got in touch last week with an interesting bit of ephemera relating to the Pier Hotel, the long-lost pub that used to stand at the end of Pier Street … Continue reading

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Pretzel logic

I noticed with wry amusement the letter from Gerald Bickley, of Brownhills Local Committee in the Walsall Advertiser last week. It’s interesting and welcome that we finally hear something from the somewhat somnambulant group apparently deeming to speak on behalf … Continue reading

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I hoard it on the radio

Today, top local bloke Brian Stringer (that’s the Clayhanger Kid, you know) had a slot on the Phil Upton show on BBC Radio WM. Going out at the ungodly hour of 7:20am, I doubt many hereabouts were sufficiently caffeine-infused to … Continue reading

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A shout out to Hoard fans…

Spotted by The Edditer of Bloxwich Telegraph fame, the redoubtable Stuart Williams, I’d like to point out the following program coming up tonight at 8:00pm on BBC 2. It’s got Dan Snow narrating, so should be a decent way to … Continue reading

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A golden idea

In the miasma and lacklustre of the new year illness, I received this excellent email from The Clayhanger Kid, Brian Stringer. Many readers will remember that before Christmas, I featured an article here from the Express & Star, detailing his … Continue reading

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Interesting proposal for Staffordshire Hoard fans

I notice an interesting proposal has been put forward from Brownhills Blog reader and Clayhanger Kid Brian Stringer, to erect an information point near to where the Staffordshire Hoard was found in Brownhills. This doesn’t sound like a bad idea … Continue reading

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Have your say on Holland Park Surgery

I had a message a few days ago from The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer. He’s involved with a new community liaison project going on at Holland Park Surgery, the medical practice operating from The Parkview Centre in Brownhills. Hi … Continue reading

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Documenting a tragedy

I’ve already had some great contributions on the subject of the 1908 Anchor Inn shootings. I’m pleased and relieved to see that the subject is of some interest and readers haven’t been unduly upset. I try to tread carefully around … Continue reading

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The return of The Clayhanger Kid – book signing tomorrow!

If you’re in Brownhills tomorrow, it would be an excellent opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Brian Stringer’s excellent and popular book ‘The Clayhanger Kid’. Now available in a limited reprint after the first issue sold out within a … Continue reading

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A message from The Clayhanger Kid

Yesterday, I received a lovely message from the irrepressible Brian Stringer, author of the excellent and acclaimed local book ‘The Clayhanger Kid’. I owe Brian an apology, actually, as I neglected to advertise his book-signing here on the blog, and … Continue reading

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Scenes from the Clayhanger Kid

This week, I’m delighted and fascinated to hand over the ‘Pictures from the past’ slot to Brian Stringer, author and local historian. Brian is, of course, the writer of the excellent, recently published book The Clayhanger Kid’, chronicling Brian’s childhood … Continue reading

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The Clayhanger Kid

I spotted today in The Walsall Advertiser that local history buff and top bloke Brian Stringer has got a self-published book out at the moment, detailing his childhood growing up in Clayhanger. Brian mentioned the book was upcoming in some … Continue reading

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Brownhills Senior Citizens Centre : The Tesco Chainstore Massacre continues

The Walsall Advertiser letters page has been improving a tad of late. More often than not it’s just the soapbox for tedious blowhards like Ian Payne. Just lately there has been some excellent correspondence on the subject of Brownhills Tesco development … Continue reading

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