Tag Archives: Geoff Harrington

The award-winning choir, champion darters and the King of Poeland

Last week you’ll remember I featured an image donated by top Brownhills sporting hero and historian Geoff Harrington, of his lady wife and friend on Warehouse Bridge just after the war – iIn that post I said I had a whole bunch of other images from Geoff, so here they are.

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A Brownhills hero caught on film

A couple of weeks ago, I ran an article here that has proven remarkably popular: a story of amazing sporting heroism and a subsequent life of administering fair play as a snooker referee – the wonderful life story of local man Geoff Harrington.
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A gruesome history

Following an enquiry from a reader, I’m interested in a grim bit of Brownhills history. I’m aware this is bordering on the tasteless, but the interest is, I feel, valid. I won’t name the reader or the purpose, but I … Continue reading

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Black diamonds

Since we seem to be on a bit of a mining theme this week, I thought I’d look for images relating to a couple of the areas discussed in the comments section to my recent posts. For this week’s old … Continue reading

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Shop local…

I thought it was about time we revisited some of the lost shops and stores in Brownhills. I’ve heard lots of people – particularly commentators here – reminisce about Selwyn Smith’s shop, and Cooper’s seems somewhat legendary, too. Was this … Continue reading

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Grace and worship

I seem to be getting a lot of history requests, lately. I love those, and welcome questions about any local topic you want to know about. Last week, I was contacted on Facebook by Julie Le-Moine, from The Crib in … Continue reading

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Gettin’ the buzz

Get your anoraks on, we’re going to be engaging in a little bus spotting this week. I’ve been meaning to cover bus services in this feature for a few weeks, as there are plenty of old bus photos about, but … Continue reading

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Past trucking

Shortly after compiling the last post about the great local history chronicler and raconteur Godfrey ‘Oakparkrunner’ Hucker, he kindly sent me another great contribution. I am indebted to Godfrey and as ever, cannot thank him enough for his wonderful memories, … Continue reading

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Past tracking

For this weekend’s old photo feature, I’m dipping into that excellent work ‘Memories of Brownhills Past’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Like many local history works, I think the print run was limited and it’s very hard to track … Continue reading

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Long time gone

True to my word, I’m making a bit of a weekly feature of old pictures. This week I’ve got three lost shops, and a group shot of a youth club. If you have any you’d like to share – no … Continue reading

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Station approach

There has been some recent discussion here of the old railway line and former Brownhills West station that used to cross Brownhills Common from Walsall Wood, dismantled in the sixties. A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip up … Continue reading

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