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My father was mystery tour Smethwick coach driver

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 09, 2014

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IN response to the letter from Derek Overton, of Stottesdon in The Black Country Bugle (July 24 edition) asking where A. Grainger Coaches was based?

They were in High Park Road, Smethwick. My father, Frank Hill, was a driver with the company for maybe five or six years during the late 1940's to the mid 1950's.

Having perused A – Z, High Park Road appears to have disappeared, swallowed up by Soho Way.

I recall my Dad doing the morning and evening run to The Austin Motor Co. Longbridge, the Saturday and Sunday night, 'Mystery Tour' to places like the Nautical William, near Alveley.

In the summer there would be the service run to Blackpool.

At the beginning of the season he would take the first load of holiday makers to stay in, say Blackpool, and come back empty.

Then the following week would take a fresh load of excited holiday makers and bring back the previous week's load, and so on until the season finished. If I was lucky, and there was a spare seat, he would pick me up at the top of Norman Road, Warley, near where we lived, and I would go with him.

After A. Grainger & Sons, he went on to drive tankers for Albright & Wilson, chemical manufactures, Langley, Oldbury, until he retired in 1966.

Keith Hill.

leske@blueyonder.co.uk

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