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We rowed to West Bromwich island to escape warden's call

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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I REFER to your excellent article regarding Dartmouth Park which appeared in The Bugle (Thursday, January 23 edition).

I have many happy memories of the park in my childhood.

We lived quite close by All Saints Church, Newton Road, and I and my friends used to walk via Dagger Lane to the park.

During the school holidays, most days we went to the park to play football and cricket.

I can remember one day three lads, who should have been at work at Jubilee Pit, joined us to play football and at the end of the match they said they needed to eat their sandwiches before going home so that their mother wouldn't know that they hadn't been to work.

When we used to finish playing by the entrance of Dagger Lane was a good fountain, I think called the Farley Fountain.

This was most welcome in quenching our thirst.

As we got older we started playing pitch and putt.

Since the building of the Expressway, I'm not sure if it is still there.

Another favourite pursuit was hiring a boat on the boating lake and the usual thing was to row around the other side of the island when the park warden called your number out on the megaphone.

When it was time for the park to close the old park warden used to ride around on his bike ringing a large bell.

I remember the annual firework display which was held by the boating pool and we all used to stand on the bank to watch a spectacular show.

I should say my memories of the park date to the 1950s and 1960s.

Many happy memories of my childhood.

Robert Fessey,

207 Northway,

Sedgley.

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