Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 14 of the long lost freesheet, from November 1990 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
David Evans, very kindly granted access to the archive held by former editor and contributor Brian Stringer, has been assiduously and conscientiously scanning them all. Every single issue. Every few days, I’m going to feature the next in the series.
This issue is remarkable in that it collated responses to the ‘Wake Up Brownhills’ campaign in the previous issue – and clearly caught a lot of the establishment on the back foot, including the letter from Richard Shepherd MP, which says basically it’s nothing to do with him and anyway, he’s one of the ten top backbench MPs, and is therefore beyond reproach.
The observation made in the previous issue regarding surgeries in Brownhills clearly stung, too.
There is an interesting old photo in the archive section, and also, some of the adverts are real memory-joggers. I note BeeJay no longer were advertising their ‘Vodaphone’ number – wonder why?
Brian Stringer was a brilliant editor who still knows his stuff, and campaigns relentlessly for the place he loves. Brian was clearly working hard and getting into his stride here.
The history of how the Brownhills Gazette came to exist has been detailed in this post thanks to the wonderful John Sylvester.
If other bloggers want to use this material, can you please drop me a line first? I don’t mind, there’s just sone stuff I’d like to clear about the usage, thanks.
Cheers to Brian and David for sharing a wonderful thing, that’s part of our community history.
If you have any memories, questions or observations please do comment or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.