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Can you name these 1960s dinner guests?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 01, 2014

By Dan Shaw

A Wolverhampton and District Table Tennis League dinner in the 1960s

A Wolverhampton and District Table Tennis League dinner in the 1960s

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THIS photograph from the 1960s comes to us from Bernard Francis of Walsall and it shows a dinner held by the Wolverhampton and District Table Tennis League.

We are not sure of the location but it was most likely a function room at one of Wolverhampton's hotels or larger pubs.

The gentleman at the centre of the group is Mac McIlreath, while to his left is his wife Joan. Next along is Bernard's first wife Pat and then we have Bernard himself.

The only other person Bernard can name is the man at the far right of the group, Malcolm Scott, who was president of the league.

The Wolverhampton and District Table Tennis League was no small affair, with over 600 members and teams in 10 divisions. As the league's secretary Bernard organised the annual awards night when all the leagues trophies were presented.

"I remember at the Wulfrun Hall," said Bernard, "I had tables the full width of the stage and on them were all the league trophies and cups for each division."

Back in the December 12, 2013, edition reader John Thompson of Kingswinford wrote that he thought that Mac McIlreath had some connection with the Beacon Centre for the Blind. Bernard confirms that this was certainly true, as Mac was the centre's manager and he recalls visiting him there.

Can you name any of the other people in this picture? Has it prompted any memories for you, or do you have any similar old photographs to share? Please contact editor@blackcountry bugle.co.uk or write in to us at 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL.

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