THE very thought of the Black Country being absorbed into Birmingham is anathema to us Black Country people.
It was heartening to read all the comments in The Bugle (April 10 edition) and writing as a Coseley person born and bred and having never lived anywhere else I'm bursting with pride that I'm Black Country.
Those of us who live in Coseley are still smarting from what happened in 1966 when we lost our Urban District Council, and the northern part from Shaw Road onwards including Woodcross, Lanesfield, Parkfield and Ettingshall was pinched by Wolverhampton. And the southern part was snaffled by Dudley, not to mention Princes End, Wednesbury Oak, Gospel Oak and Willingsworth which were soaked up by West Bromwich, or should I say Sandwell, whatever that means.
While I'm on my hobby horse the canal tow path down towards Wednesbury was taken by Walsall. Of course, Wolverhampton took most of Bilston as well. No wonder they claim to be in the Black Country when they now rule part of Coseley and most of Bilston.
We weren't the only ones. How about Brierley Hill and come to that Cradley Heath, Oakham and Rowley Regis who already have Birmingham post codes.
We, and the rest of the Black Country, have gone through enough boundary wise. I won't even mention county boundaries. Where is it going to end? We like our individuality. Leave us alone.
We'll play in our back yard and you play in yours.
C. Beryl Hyde-Wilkes,
41 The Paddock,