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Sad to see spirit of Wednesbury has almost gone

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

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RAY James wrote in a letter in The Bugle(October 3 edition) about a recently-issued Wednesbury book by Richard Garbett, Tony Highfield and Bev Parker and how he lamented the changes to the Wednesbury he knew.

I originate from Wednesbury and also find it very sad on the occasions I return from my home in the south.

Although many of the places and streets I visit are much the same, the spirit of the Wednesbury I knew has virtually disappeared, despite all the demolition due to the ring road and also the building of Morrison's Supermarket.

However, to return to the book he spoke of, I have an original copy of it.

I find it interesting to see how the street names reflect many of the people shown in the book, some of these streets and their houses are still vibrant and others just about recognisable.

I agree with Ray that Black Country folk should work hard to ensure that what is good from the past endures and is looked after by the young.

We can't stop progress, whether we agree with it or not.

But we can hang on to our memories of times gone by and see the places and people we knew and loved in our mind's eye.

This is something which seems to occur more often with the onset of age!!

Jill Vaughan,


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