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.