IT was sad to read your front page article of The Bugle (August 28 edition) announcing the closure of Old Hill's Cook Shop, an establishment renowned throughout the area for its Black Country delicacies.
Back in the mid-1960s I worked nearby in Reddal Hill Road at Cargo European. The girls in the office, Hazel Hindmarsh, Pat Hipkiss and Pam Godden, were all full of praise for the delights sold at The Cook Shop, so this enticed me and my mate Roger Sanderson to take a look. Before long our regular lunchtime visits were a must, but first we had to join the queue outside the front door! From those far-off days I can recall a young Nigel Brazier behind the counter.
In an age when fast food rules, it's sad to see a fine institution like The Cook Shop close. Their countless mouth-watering delights are a world away from today's nondescript burger and fries. Some call it progress, but when much of our culture is disappearing, we should preserve such establishments – perhaps a place could be found at The Black Country Living Museum? Just a thought.
145 Summerfields Avenue, Halesowen, B62 9NT.