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Wolverhampton concert was my last night out for over a year as I had TB

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

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I AM writing with regards the Ted Heath and his band story in The Bugle (March 6 edition).

As an avid Bugle reader I felt I must write this letter. I went to that very concert in 1954. I worked in Edge's shoe factory at the time and they bought the mass X-ray vans to the work and it was discovered I had TB. I had to give up work right away to await hospital treatment. I had a boyfriend at the time Christopher and he bought tickets for that concert.

It was January 6, 1954, I was told I had TB and it was January 16, 1954, I went into hospital and the concert was between those two dates.

My mother let me go after a fuss. We had front row seats, it was great.

There was also Lita Rosa, Dennis Lotus and Dickie Valentine. I enjoyed it so much.

It was the last time I went out for over a year. I was in the Borough Hospital for nine months and I will never forget that concert.

Needless to say I didn't end up with Christopher, I got well and met my husband John.

We have been married 56 years now. We went to all the big band dances and concerts at the Civic and Wulfrun Halls, Wolverhampton.

There was Geraldo, Johnnie Dankworth with Cleo Lane, Frankie Wier and many more. It was the best time.

I am now 78 years old in June and I think I am very lucky to be able to write this letter. Thank God for X-ray vans. The big bands were great.

I hope my story is of interest to you because your story bought back memories.

June Latham,

21 Brough Close, Lanesfield.

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