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Old Birmingham / Re: "Blue Watch" Albion St, Fire and Ambulance Service
« Last post by nzjrc on Today at 04:46:27 PM »
Wow, impressive building. Thanks Phil. I will check out the link and look more into Google.
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Old Birmingham / Re: "Blue Watch" Albion St, Fire and Ambulance Service
« Last post by Phil on Today at 04:34:11 PM »
Hi nzjrc,


Welcome to our forum, you might try this link for information on service records or anything else like that,


https://www.wmfs.net/


Also there are fire service forums on the web, but because of the rules of this forum I am not allow to post links to other forums, but if you type WMFS forums into Google I'm sure it will come up with something.


My son spent nearly all his working life in the fire service except for some time in the navy, but to my knowledge never spent any time at Albion Street so I know it would be a waste of time asking him about that station.


I do have two photos of the station itself, which I'm pretty sure is closed now and I think the main part of it is now a nursery.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Gay Pride March
« Last post by frederick on Today at 03:49:54 PM »
I've been to a male gay wedding about three years ago, no kissing the bride.
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Old Birmingham / "Blue Watch" Albion St, Fire and Ambulance Service
« Last post by nzjrc on Today at 03:10:36 PM »
Hi, Just found your forum. My dad was from Smethwick and joined the Fire and Ambulance Service in the early fifties. I know he was on Blue Watch and at Albion St at some stage, but I'm still trying to find out more info. He met my Mum there and after they were married they emigrated to NZ where they spent the rest of their lives. When dad left he was given a silver cup which reads
"To Alan, from the boys of Blue Watch, Wednesday 7th April 1954. S Benham, E Brown, B Champion, E George, J Hart, W Johnson, P Longden, F Moore, N Parkes, R Pratt, P Rowe, D Sadler, T Sheil, C Steele, M Whitehouse" Any links to the history of the fire stations would be much appreciated. Thanks. [/color][/font][/size]
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Old Birmingham / Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Today at 03:01:25 PM »
Part 2 of 2. Joseph Lucas Ltd-Harry Lucas School connection: I am unaware of any connection with the school beyond the family name when the school was re-named, however the school had a further name change in 1958 when it became Harry Lucas Secondary School, then the school had a dreadful 2-storey carbuncle of an extension to its front elevation providing on the ground floor, an art room, library and an additional classroom and on the 1st floor science lab, domestic science lab and staff room. A school uniform was introduced, the colours being bottle green and grey, the Joseph Lucas Ltd corporate colours, the school badge incorporated the Lucas Lion emblem. The school's 4 houses were named after Lucas directors of the day namely Corley, Garner, Masterton and Waring, their wives were guests of honour at school speechdays when they presented prizes. The school was allowed to use the Lucas Sports Field, College Rd, Perry Barr, the Lucas Fencing Club provided equipment and tuition to the school fencing club, and the Lucas Film Club loaned movie making equipment for the production of the school movie: The Bicycle Thief c1964.
The school had the distinction of being the original HQ of The 1stA Birmingham Company, The Boys' Brigade, the oldest company in Birmingham.
The school closed in 1969, was demolished and became a Lucas car park, no trace of the school remains today, I don't know the site's present use.
Peg.
Link: School uniform, house colours, etc   http://www.birminghamforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=12554.msg655120#msg655120
Link: Joseph Lucas Industries, Wikipedia [size=78%]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lucas[/size]
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Old Birmingham / Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Today at 02:32:12 PM »
Part 1 of 2. Joseph Lucas Ltd. - Harry Lucas School Connection: I attended Harry Lucas Seconday School 1960-65 so I'm probably as well placed as anyone to give a potted history. the school building opened 1891 as the Burbury Street Board School (a misnomer as the school had no geographical connection with Burbury Street, not even an alleyway, the main entrance being on Farm Street and rear entrance on New John St West.) the school was re-named Harry Lucas County Primary School in 1954, presumably in recognition of Harry Lucas' contribution to Birmingham Industry, Harry was one of Joseph Lucas' 6 children and joined his father's enterprise c1872 when he was aged 17. The western boundary of the Lucas Gt King St Factory fronted the eastern side of Burbury Street. So, did Joseph or Harry go to Burbury Street School? No.  Harry was 36 when the school opened.
Peg.
Link map dated 1892-1914 showing the school https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=52.4959&lon=-1.9082&layers=168&b=6[/size]
Link Harry Lucas School Thread
http://www.birminghamforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=12554.msg428331#msg428331
Link Harry Lucas School Photo
http://www.birminghamforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=14299.msg692298#msg692298
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Aluminium Cans
« Last post by Hi De Hi on Today at 01:43:44 PM »
I think they do filter them out and sell them off. A mate of mine, I take him out a couple of times a month, he has early on-set dementia at 62. He's always been good company and although he has dementia, he focuses on Aluminium cans when we are out for a walk along the canals and by- ways. He's always on about gathering them up and weighing them in. He spots literally hundreds on our jaunts. Worth a thought.  O0


I used to collect alu cans. I even fitted a box on the back of my bike so I could go out cycling at weekends and come home with a box full.  However the scrap yard that I used to get rid of them closed down. They paid 70p a kilo. The only place I could find after that was Taroni in Aston. They only paid 40p a kilo. By the time I had driven over there, even with a boot full, it wasn't worth the effort or fuel.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Floozie in the jacuzzi
« Last post by Hi De Hi on Today at 01:27:25 PM »
LOL, I like 'Bint in the Bath'.


Wench with a drench?
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Moseley Grammar
« Last post by Phil on Today at 12:53:56 PM »

Looking at your map and comparing it to a modern map the factory was not next to the school field. There was a considerable wooded area between the two.


Hi De Hi


As I said in my last post between the school sports field and the factory there were allotment gardens, but the area wasn't wooded then, There may have been a screen of trees around the school as there is now, but it certainly wasn't a wood. The map I posted was from the 60's as I as I assume this is approximately the time period under discussion.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Moseley Grammar
« Last post by Hi De Hi on Today at 12:15:22 PM »
Hi De Hi


Fred is correct there was a radiator factory adjacent to the school tucked out of sight behind the housing on Springfield Road. Perhaps it was less noticeable from the school because of the allotments between the sports field and the factory. I'm pretty sure that the area is a small housing estate now off Springfield Road.


Looking at your map and comparing it to a modern map the factory was not next to the school field. There was a considerable wooded area between the two.
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