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Trophy makers smile for the works camera, and a mystery wedding

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

  • The trophy works team gather for an informal photo

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A CLUTCH of photographs sent in by Leslie Hardy have already struck a chord with readers after we published the first on July 31 of a darts team fresh from the oche. Valerie Roper from Tipton named both the pub, the Golden Cup, in Toll End Road, Tipton, and most of the men.

Leslie told us the photographs originally belonged to John Hayward from Bridgnorth, the son-in-law of Alan Pearson, a Black Country businessman who sadly passed away a few months ago. He ran a very successful trophy manufacturers in Wolverhampton Street, Dudley, after taking over from his father and mother, and his daughter Stephanie also helped out at busy times when she came home from school.

Leslie told us that Alan was also works manager at Adams & Benson (Agricultural) manufacturing works in Oldbury Road, Greets Green. He was club captain at Dudley golf club and well known in the Tividale darts league, hence the previously published photograph.

There are no names attached to the group of workers in the office of the trophy manufacturers in Dudley, and unfortunately the chap on the back row left-hand side has been decapitated by the cameraman. But are there any faces you can put a name to?

The second photograph is a completely mystery to both Leslie and John Hayward and unfortunately only guess work can be used on this wedding picture that was possibly taken in the early 1950s.

If you can help with any identifications contact Bugle House 01384 567678 or email jworkman@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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