The Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton, Councillor Robert Hart, duly
arrived in his stretch limo and chain of office. He counts as an
old friend now, as he had opened our Made in Bilston exhibition.
Our Chairman, Alan Bickley, made a speech of welcome, the Mayor replied and
declared the event open.
||The Mayor shakes hands with Horace Morris, as the
Mayor and everyone there recognised Horace's
He started a campaign in his own house, spread it round the
country, and pursued it all the way up to Whitehall and the
Houses of Parliament.
To read his story, on this web
site, click here.
||left to right: Ann Nightingale of the Lunt
CA, who is vigorously maintaining residents' participation in
local affairs; Ken Gretton, M.B.E., one of the founding
fathers of the Tenants Charter; the Chairman, Alan Bickley;
The Mayor, Horace Morris, the other of the founding
fathers; Tom Larkin, the last of the Bilston councillors
and sometime chairman of the Housing Committee.
||The Mayor then called for a cup of tea and toured
the exhibits. Here he is with Ann, Ken and Horace,
looking at Kath's display.
|In due time the Mayor left. This is an
historic photo. It shows the Mayor being photographed by
Kath Kiely. As this was the Mayor's last day in office and
this was his very last official engagement, Kath's photo was the
last one ever taken of Mayor Robert Hart performing his civic
||The Mayor had been given a copy of this Roll of
Honour. It had been researched and prepared by the Joint
Committee and designed and produced by Reg Aston. It
recorded the names of those who had fought for the Tenant's
Charter as well as those who had carried on public participation
in the last forty years. It was presented to Horace Morris
and Ken Gretton on this occasion. Reg had made many copies
available and they were all snapped up by visitors.
||One of those at the event was Joan Oram, who is
carrying on the fight in a right royal way. From her home
in Bradley she has been campaigning for many years on health and
environmental issues, taking on both Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
||After the Mayor left, members and visitors
indulged in reminiscing and chatting, not to mention cups
of tea and coffee which Anne and her band were turning out in
|In the morning our President, Trevor Genge, gave a talk,
"Going to School" about the history of education locally.
Trevor was able to include many amusing anecdotes about school
life from his own experience as a head teacher.
||And then we all had lunch!, The kitchen at the Lunt Community Centre is right
in the middle of the building - which is where this essential
facility ought to be. ||