David Evans has been busy of late putting together a lot of articles in the background while I’ve been busy – and he’s turning up some gems, like this set of five photos kindly offered by Derek Blakemore of birthday parties on Shire Oak Hill in the 1950s.
I believe all were taken at a house on Lichfield Road Shire Oak, but I could well be mistaken.
Do you recognise any of these children or adults? Many of them must surely still be local.
There are fantastic images here that show a community and kids having fun. It’s a wonderful set.
My thanks to Derek Blakemore for generously sharing these images – scanned beautifully, I must say – and to David for all the tireless work he puts in to the blog for slim reward, I must say!
If you recognise anyone, can remember whose birthdays these were, or have anything else at all to add, please feel free to contact me: Comment here, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or tug my coat on social media.
Is Derek Blakemore by any chance the son of ‘Billy’ Blakemore that I went to school with late fifties onwards? It would be interesting to know how he is. Please pass on my regards if appropriate. Thanks.
Lovely photos, I have just spotted my dad in all 5 photos, his name was Alan Horobin and he was born in 1944, my nan and grandad lived at the top of shire oak hill, it looks like they were taken in their garden, his mom and dad were called Horace and Elizabeth Horobin and they were the milkman and milk lady or shire oak and walsall wood.
I CAN REMEMBER MR AND MRS HOROBIN DELIVERING MILK FROM THE BACK OF THEIR VAN IN FRIEZLAND LANE AS IF IT WAS YESTERDAY A VERY PLEASANT COUPLE.