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Concert and bench memorial to a much loved bostin’ mon

By john workman  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

Alfie delivering one of his legendary poems at the Bugle's 40th anniversary bash in April 2012.

Alfie delivering one of his legendary poems at the Bugle's 40th anniversary bash in April 2012.

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The much loved Black Country poet Alfie, who sadly died back in March, was remembered at a memorial concert at The Public, West Bromwich, on Friday, 21st June.

Alfie Smith was a well known poet and entertainer from the area and was famed for reading his poems in a woman’s voice.

His poems will remain a legend in the Black Country and he has been honoured with a memorial plaque, placed next to the stone benches outside The Public arts venue in West Bromwich The plaque was unveiled by members of his family before the start of his memorial concert, A Bostin’ Mon.

Robert Hazel, the Community Library Manager at Tipton Library told us, “It is fitting to create a plaque for Alfie in his home town of West Bromwich.

He always gave his time to the people in the area and was well liked as a result.

“He was once a curator at the West Bromwich Town Hall, and was always able to lend a hand. We called him the handyman.” Alfie’s concert featured acts by storyteller Sue Hulse, folk artists Billy and Loz, and ukulele orchestra the Scarbelly Blues Band.

Donations were taken on the night for the Parkinson’s UK charit

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