WEST?BROMWICH of old is all set to be brought vividly back to life, with the much-anticipated launch of Terry Price’s lastest book.
Following in the tradition of his previous three highly regarded photographic collections, West Bromwich Recollections is almost two hundred pages thick, and crammed with just under four hundred photographs.
As has become the custom, the new book will be launched at the Wesley Church on West Bromwich High Street, where the guest of honour will be Professor Carl Chinn, who will be speaking on the subject of bygone West Bromwich for an hour.
West Bromwich Recollections features a chapter on the town centre, and four covering the suburbs, with a special chapter on schooldays that includes 26 different schools. And Terry has gone out of his way to name virtually every pupil pictured!
There are also a few rarities which have only recently come to light.
“I’ve included the only known photograph of the inside of Hudson’s Soap Works,” says Terry, “which was given to me by a relative of one of the women in it. There’s a very early picture of the 1st West Bromwich Scouts, from 1909, West Bromwich Workhouse laundry, Frank’s Motor Garage at Stone Cross — and not forgetting the Brook Bond chimps’ tea party at Hayes Club.
“And on the cover is Trow’s Ice Cream shop. It’s one of the most iconic images of old West Bromwich. It brings back such strong, vivid memories for everyone who remembers the place.”
The launch event begins at the Wesley Church at 10 on Saturday 12th October with Carl Chinn’s talk. All seats for this part of the day have already been snapped up, but Carl and Terry will be on hand to chat and sign copies afterwards, and the launch event will continue until 4 in the afternoon.
All are welcome to the launch, and copies of the book, which is a strictly limited edition, will be on sale at a discounted price of £9.99 on the day. If you can’t make the event, copies are available from Terry direct on 01922 635891.