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Dart Spring domino girls of West Bromwich

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

By Gavin Jones

  • Toasting dominoes league success with a bowl of punch

  • Dart Spring celebrate a successful sporting year

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IT MAY not be the most physically demanding of sports, but it still counts. Once to be found in a quiet corner of most of our pubs, the game of dominoes is less popular than it used to be, though still fondly remembered by those who once competed.

Such was its popularity that the country was home to hundreds of local leagues, where teams representing their local watering hole would compete for prizes with their neighbours.

The photograph shown here, which comes to us courtesy of West Bromwich author and historianTerry Price, shows a presentation evening at the end of a doms season for the Spon Lane Domino League of West Bromwich. It was taken at some point in the mid-1960s, at the Dart Spring Social Club in Overend Street.

Raising a toast with a glass of punch are eight domino-playing ladies, of whom we can name just one. In the centre, applying ladle to glass, is Terry's mother-in-law Beattie Thompson, who was steward at the Social Club. This particular year, Dart Spring were champions of the Spon Lane League, hence the celebrations.

The second photograph was taken at the same club, though at a different time. Beattie's husband, Jack Thompson, is at far right, and Mr Griffin, the Managing Director of Dart Spring, is in the centre behind the large shield.

That trophy appears to be a football-related one, suggesting Dart Spring's team had won the league or cup, but there is an array of cups spread out, presumably for other sports that the Dart Spring workers had been successful in. Again, this dates from the mid-'60s, but we can't say which year.

Do you recognise anyone from these photographs? Did you work at Dart Spring in those days? Or do you have photographs from other works' social clubs that you would like to share with Bugle readers? Pay us a visit, give us a call, or send an email to gjones@blackcountry bugle.co.uk.

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