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Memories of our meeting
on 12th February 2003

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Gerald Hanrahan again had a display of his own photos and from the Wolverhampton Photographic Society's archives, showing both modern views and archival material. Gerald Hanrahan again had a display of his own photos In the afternoon Gerald gave a talk in the form of a walk from Mount Pleasant down to Oxford Street, remembering all the shops along the way.  It was very amusing and stirred all sorts of memories among his audience. Gerald gave a talk
 this sash has on it an amazing number of medals Kerry Stanford was a member of the marching band, the Bilston Rockettes.  She bought along this sash which has on it an amazing number of medals from the events which the band attended.  Kerry claimed that she had last worn it when she was ten - but how a ten year old could have carried that weight far we could not work out!  Kerry Stanford Frank Sharman had brought along his collection of Phoenix tableware which Marion Smith inspected with some interest as she had worked for the British Heat Resisting Glass Company for a long time.  Marion was able to tell us a good deal Phoenix and this additional knowledge will be added to the Phoenix pages on this web site.  And Ted Garbett could also remember "mountains of the stuff" - presumably rejects - being dumped on the tip which then existed in Dudley Street, Bilston.  Marion Smith
It was a day for medals. George Philpott brought along this commemorative medal of the Silver Jubilee of 1897, issued by the old Willenhall Urban District Council.  Note all the keys and locks on their coat of arms! commemorative medal of the Silver Jubilee of 189 George is seen on the right here, along with Brian Davies and Doreen Baker.  They all worked at Beldray at one time or another. George with Brian Davies and Doreen Bake
Bilston school attendance medal   And continuing the medal theme, Mrs. Hayward produced this Bilston school attendance medal and this 1902 Bilston coronation souvenir medal, both high quality pieces and in fine condition. 1902 Bilston coronation souvenir medal,
       
  Elaine Gamston
Elaine Gamston again saw to the teas and coffees and Reg Aston was first in line. Thanks, Elaine!
   

The day ended rather later than usual as there was such a good attendance and so much to look at and talk about. 

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