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Black Country history should be on school curriculum

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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IN respect of the article in The Bugle (January 30 edition) regarding Black Country Day scheduled for July 14.

Often I have discussed our area with friends and all have agreed that our local history should be on the curriculum of schools, otherwise how are children going to learn about the Black Country?

Added to this from where shall we get the like of the late John Roper MA, Andrew Barnett and Trevor Genge and thankfully still with us Ned Williams?

If children aren't taught about the Black Country and their roots how can we expect them to have any pride in where they come from?

With regard to the poem by Dr Brian Dakin on page 3 of the same edition of The Bugle, he writes of lezzers, spelling it as pronounced but how many people realise that lezzer is the correct pronunciation of Leasowe?

I was taught this many years ago when walking with my step-father along the canal towpath at Tipton and on seeing the name Ox Leasowes Bridge he asked me if I knew what it said.

So I read what it looked like and he said: "No, it's lezzers."

Who hasn't heard the saying: "He's always in the lane when he ought to be in the lezzer" or in the lane when he ought to be in the field.

In the A-Z there are five Leasowes, three Leasowe and one Leasow without an 'e' but how many residents in those roads know how to pronounce it?

C. Beryl Wilkes,

41 The Paddock,

Coseley.

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