I JUST want to thank you so much for printing my letter in The Bugle (April 17 edition) about my dad being a heel stacker at James Baker's shoe factory in Wolverhampton.
My dad would have been most proud and deeply honoured to have been featured in your paper. His career was very varied, he started work at Baker's shoe factory in 1930 and he retired from The Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary in 1989 at the age of 63. In between those years he held numerous positions in and around the area of Wolverhampton. As I said he became a sign writer before the war, during which he served as a gunner in the Royal Artillery operating search lights. He held the record for holding the enemy in his beam longer than anyone else!
After the war both my grandfather and uncle had died and so the family watch and clock repairing business passed to him. Everybody knew Redhead's watch, clock and jewellery repair shop, 13 Pipers Row, Wolverhampton, it had a good reputation, my grandfather, like my father was exceptionally gifted, they could repair almost anything. My only talent apart from the odd bit of choral singing - I'm no solo performer! - is letter-writing and your marvellous paper gives me the chance to exercise this.
I thank you so much for your truly magnificent paper, keeping the Black Country with all of its wonderful history well and truly on the map. Long may your paper continue to flourish.
2 Teme Road,