KEEPING local streets spick and span is a priority for local councils, although it sometimes seems that they are fighting a losing battle, with fly-tippers and the like.
This photograph goes to prove that dealing with grime on our streets was taken just as seriously back in the postwar years as it is today. But this street cleaning vehicle, belonging to Oldbury council, could almost be mistaken for an armoured car which would be more fitting for the streets of some foreign war zone.
Fear It must have struck fear into the litterbugs of the 1940s! This interesting picture has been sent to us by Daniel Griffiths of Gnosall, Staffs, who tells us that the man on the right (the driver of the street cleaning vehicle) was his grandfather Frank Leslie Wallis, who cleaned the streets of Oldbury and Warley for some 40 years.
This photograph was taken around 1949.
Daniel cannot name the shorter man. Can anyone help?