The Birmingham Bull Ring feature I compiled last week seems to have stirred quite a bit of interest, both here and on Facebook. I realise it’s a long way from Brownhills, but for people of a certain age, hopping on the 156 and taking the hour-long trip into Birmingham was a rarified and exciting experience when you were more used to the confines of Brownhills High Street. I have really strong, fond memories of the old Birmingham pictured here, and also of the sense of failure that engendered it in the late eighties and early nineties. There will be more on this subject to come, as I’m trying to collect images from the period I recall so fondly. Please click on the images to visit the original photographers sites – there’s a whole treasury of stuff there from some great photographers.
Telly Salvalas does a promo for Brum – as he did for many cities. This never, ever gets old. Enjoy.
From the brilliant and essential Birmingham, it’s not shit blog, a fantastic piece about a lost shortcut in Birmingham, recently closed.
In the above eighties TV advert, look out for the dreadful fashion, and actor Stan Stennett (who was in Crossroads at the time) on the escalator in Central Court. Cheesy, or what?