WITH reference to the articles in The Bugle (April 10 edition) regarding the idea of making most of the West Midlands and much if not all of the Black Country into Greater Birmingham.
I think it is a dreadful idea, as readers know, we shall all lose our identities, which would be terrible.
I am a native Wulfrunian and I am proud of that. I love Wolverhampton, my roots and all they stand for. I'm not sure if Wolverhampton is actually in the Black Country. It certainly has a lot of history.
I have lived in Cradley for more than 30 years. I am fascinated by the local history of the industrial area, it is a most interesting place to live.
There is nothing wrong with 'Brummies', my great grandmother was born in Birmingham and so was my maternal grandmother. My great grandmother was a high class milliner, she had a very posh hat shop in Birmingham during the reign of Queen Victoria.
She moved to Wolverhampton following her second marriage to Mr Thomas Philpott, a japanner. His work took him and his 'new' family to Wolverhampton where they remained for the rest of their lives.
As I say there is nothing wrong with Brummies, I just don't want to be one! It hurts me when people say that my accent is like a Birmingham accent. I tell them that I am not from Birmingham, my accent is a bit 'mixed' as my parents were born in Wolverhampton. My paternal grandparents came from Northants and Derby respectively. As I mentioned, my grandmother on my mother's side was born in Birmingham.
I was born in Wolverhampton, but having lived in Cradley since 1982 my accent is a mixture of all of the above! As for 'Greater Birmingham,' forget it, it's a silly idea, nobody wants it, it's stupid. It won't do anybody any good. I can't see it bringing any more people into the area for any reason.
If it would generate work and prosperity, it would be a good idea, but I don't think it will.
Thank you for letting me have my say. I do love reading your paper every week, it's so informative, keep up the good work.
Mrs Alison Russon,
2 Teme Road, Cradley, Halesowen.