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Christmas nostalgia for Memories Club

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

By John Workman

  • Happy Christmas Black Country from the Black Country Memories Club

  • Members of the Black Country Memories Club

  • A familiar view of Bilston High Street as it looked in the early 1900s

  • A photo taken by Reg Aston of Bilston High Street early in the 21st century.

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AFTER a hearty buffet and an exchange of best wishes and seasonal greetings, members of the Black Country Memories Club got down to some real nostalgia last week, singing along and joining in a dance or two on the famous dance floor at Bilston Town Hall.

It was the Club's Christmas party, an event enjoyed every year by more than a hundred members, and in recent times the fun and festivities have been accommodated at the Town Hall, courtesy of the Gazebo Theatre Company, allowing for a more adventurous approach to the party feel.

As usual it was a trip down memory lane for many. Kath Kiely remembered days of Christmases past.

"Mom and Dad would always manage to get us at least one present and hide it about the house in the days preceeding," she told the Bugle.

"My sister Mary and I would then go a-hunting and often we came across something we shouldn't have done. The trouble was, once it was found there was no going back. I remember the discovery of the paper maché figure that I think resembled a penguin. By removing its head we found a hoard of sweets. Unfortunately, by the time Christmas Day arrived we'd scoffed the lot."

Kath can also remember making her own decorations for the house, out of coloured paper. "I think we appreciated Christmas more back then!" she said.

Former club members were also remembered, those who had sadly died after giving years of service to the cause of local history, and in particular their memories. Indeed the Bugle was handed a portfolio compiled by the late Reg Aston, a long-standing member of the club who contributed articles to the Bugle on many occasions, and in keeping with the theme of memories and how important they are, we are delighted to feature a picture that Reg took to compare with a Bilston scene of long ago.

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