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Memories of our Meeting, 13 September 2003
"Sport and Recreation" P3

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Henry Metzger was busy recording all the action - but here he is showing how to record still shots - a sort of rostrum video. Henry Metzger Our youngest visitor was Bethany Hartill Hopkins, who came along with her mother, Tina Hartill and her great grandmother, Rose Hartill. Our youngest visitor was Bethany Hartill Hopkins
Ron Davies, chatting with Jimmy Hill and Reg Aston. Another visitor was Ron Davies, who had launched his book "Bilston, Bradley and Ladymoor: a Third Selection" in this hall not many moons ago.  Here he is, chatting with Jimmy Hill (another Bilston Operatic stalwart, who appeared in their last performance, of "Oklahoma!" at the Theatre Royal in 1957; he is still a member) and Reg Aston. Now where have half my cups and saucers gone?" Volunteers from the church provided elevenses, lunch and afternoon tea.

"Now where have half my cups and saucers gone?"   .....

During the day we had two talks, one on each side of lunch.  In the morning Derek Simpkiss gave a talk about cock fighting.  This is now a sensitive sort of subject but is undoubtedly part of our history, whatever some may think of it now.  Derek carefully confined himself to the history of the sport and left out what some would have thought to be the unsavoury details. Derek Simpkiss gave a talk about cock fighting. In the afternoon Gerald Hanrahan gave a most entertaining talk about Bilston life in the time from the outbreak of the second world war to Christmas 1939. Gerald Hanrahan gave a most entertaining talk
The Mayor and others take morning coffee. ..... Well, here, of course.  The Mayor and others take morning coffee.

We are grateful to Harold Dale, Rita Wood and all their helpers.

Oak Table We cannot leave this meeting and the church without including this picture (even if it does make this page a bit long to download!).

This table bears a silver inscription which reads: "The oak from which this table was made did duty for nearly 200 years in the wind-mill on Mount Peg and was presented to the Institute 1880 by Alderman Harper".

And about 4 o'clock we all packed up and went home. 

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