CONGRATULATIONS to the Black Country Bugle for providing all your readers with an excellent and informative newspaper where a knowledge of the past can be gained and shared as well as providing information that brings people together.
I am a relatively new subscriber this year prompted by the contributions of my aunty, my father's sister, Mrs Mary Hackett, of Rowley Regis, and formerly Blackheath.
This has all come about because of my delving into family history.
When my father, Samuel Skidmore, married my mother in August 1939 he moved from his work locally to Rhydymwyn in North Wales and he, nor I, never had the opportunity of living in the Black Country from that time on.
In fact, I spent the first five years of my life in the villages of Rhydymwyn and Pentre Halkyn, North Wales, until the end of World War II, followed by two years in Bearwood and Harborne before moving to Runcorn, Cheshire, for my school days. I am now 74 years of age! But to return to Mary Hackett and her contributions to The Bugle. What a lady she is at 88 years of age. Her memory is phenomenal and her writings make compelling reading.
How wonderful it is to make friends through her letters and at least one article.
She is helping me to build up a picture of a family that lived at least some 75 miles from my home and I thank her most lovingly and sincerely for this.
Mary's daughter, Christine, my cousin, has also added to The Bugle contributions by penning a poem with a tribute to her mother.
Well done Christine, your mother deserves such love and praise.
I intend to pen some more very soon, but I can say that I have traced my Skidmore roots back to 1599, thanks to Mrs Linda Moffat.
She has written a very intense but clear history of the Skidmores, now posted online.
However, at 1599 the inevitable family history brick wall has been hit.
This might provide a clue to something I may write about in the future.
Brian G. Skidmore,
3 The Orchard,