Clayhanger Methodist Church Centenary Parade in 1985 – what do you remember?

Images kindly shared by Chris Booth by original photographer Ted Hassall. Click any one to see a larger version.

A remarkable collection of photos today wings its way in from old friend of the blog Chris Booth, taken by Ted Hassall of the Clayhanger Methodist Chapel Centenary Parade in 1985.

The photos were in possession of Chris’s grandmother, Lucy Dunn who was Steward of the Church from 1976 – 2012 and are a remarkable illustration of life at the time.

The march appears to have assembled on Brownhills Common, then travelled along Bradford and Albion roads before proceeding down Wallace Road, Pelsall Road to Clayhanger Lane, Past the Church and around the village before returning there.

Everything from the attending police, to the kids on then new fangled BMX bikes are an illustration of the time, and as usual, some of the backgrounds are very interesting too: Remember the substation that used to hum in Clayhanger Lane? I’d forgotten that. Shots of the village without the new housing are a memory jogger, too.

Did you take part in this event? Are you in the pictures? Can you identify any of those involved or pictured? Any memories or observations are welcome.

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I’d like to thank Chris for yet another wonderful, evocative set of images that really help us bring history of the area back to life.

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3 Responses to Clayhanger Methodist Church Centenary Parade in 1985 – what do you remember?

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    Firstly a huge thanks to Chris for offering these amazing images, and secondly to your goodself for editing and presenting them in such a fine way… I do recognise some of the folk in the parade… including the Rev Ron Hicks who was the Superintendent Minister of the Brownhills and Pelsall Methodist Circuit at that time . My Mother in Law is in the parade, even.

    Was there a famous Sunday tea held at this joyous occasion?

    Many thanks and kind regards

    David Evans

  2. Ann Swindale says:

    I assume that the band and other uniformed people are the Walsall Wood Boys’and Girls’ Brigade members and officers. The minister in the blue shirt seen clearly in the last but one photo and also in some of the others is Rev Ron Hicks, who was Superintendent of the Brownhills and Pelsall Methodist Circuit until 1988.

  3. JOHN BARLOW says:

    A GREAT PRESENTATION OF SUCH A MEMORABLE DAY, GOOD TO SEE THE WALSALL WOOD BOYS AND GIRLS BRIGADE STILL GOING STRONG IN 1985, I WAS A MEMBER IN THE 1960s. HAPPY DAYS

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