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Re: High Street, Erdington
« Reply #44 on: January 23, 2020, 07:17:38 PM »
Our walk along the High St ends at the 6 ways Island which is where my final destination of note was located - The Queen's Head - the High St's second hotspot on a Saturday night, the function room at the rear hosted many top bands, I particularly remember The Idle Race - fantastic. O0
Now the site is a residential development: Queen's Court, I guess the same fate awaits The Cross Keys.
The map attached shows the places along our way, unusually (at least I thought so) postal address do not begin at the "city end" of the High St, 1 High St is Abbey Fireplaces, but if you Goolge 1 High St, Erdington, you get the address 1-7 High St for that enterprise, I think it's something to do with freeholds - the shop is on the southern corner of the Catholic Erdington Abbey complex.
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Peg, Greg Masters(Idle Race) used to work for Durrant and Willetts in Livery St , I worked for the company that took them over . One day he popped in to our place to see one of his former workmates , he mentioned he had just moved house and when the residents seen the eqipment going into his house , they formed a committee to get him out .
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Re: High Street, Erdington
« Reply #45 on: January 26, 2020, 12:29:44 PM »
ERRATUM - Sorry folks, I've been referring to The Precinct incorrectly in my posts- the correct postal address is Central Square.
I was sad to hear Mothercare has closed all UK stores, :(  there has been a branch in the Central Square since it opened.
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Re: High Street, Erdington
« Reply #46 on: January 28, 2020, 12:38:49 PM »
I was waitng for the 64 bus at the 6 Ways Island one weekday evening late 60s c5.30pm (I worked in Witton and lived with my parents on The Lyndhurst) when I saw Roy Wood approaching the island on Reservoir Rd (in his smart pale blue Mercedes), he turned left at the Island and headed for Sutton, I did wonder if he had just checked out the function room at the rear of the Queen's Head prior to a gig, but that's just wild speculation.
Don't Know Roy? Wild man of the 60s, member of rock bands: The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizard, an emensely talented muscian who played a multitude of instruments, he was born in Kitts Green and received an honoury doctorate from the University of Derby for his contribution to Rock.  O0
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Roy Wood: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Wood

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Re: High Street, Erdington
« Reply #47 on: January 28, 2020, 01:25:30 PM »
I was waitng for the 64 bus at the 6 Ways Island one weekday evening late 60s c5.30pm (I worked in Witton and lived with my parents on The Lyndhurst) when I saw Roy Wood approaching the island on Reservoir Rd (in his smart pale blue Mercedes), he turned left at the Island and headed for Sutton, I did wonder if he had just checked out the function room at the rear of the Queen's Head prior to a gig, but that's just wild speculation.
Don't Know Roy? Wild man of the 60s, member of rock bands: The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizard, an emensely talented muscian who played a multitude of instruments, he was born in Kitts Green and received an honory docterate from the University of Derby for his contribution to Rock.  O0
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Roy Wood: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Wood
I bumped into Roy Wood in Bull Ring market the once in the early '80's.  It was a Saturday morning & he was with his wife shopping amongst the veg stalls.  He had his full Wizzard make up on....

A very talented man.  I was always impressed with the 'all voices, all instruments by Roy Wood' disclaimer on his albums.
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Re: High Street, Erdington
« Reply #48 on: January 28, 2020, 08:32:33 PM »
I was waitng for the 64 bus at the 6 Ways Island one weekday evening late 60s c5.30pm (I worked in Witton and lived with my parents on The Lyndhurst) when I saw Roy Wood approaching the island on Reservoir Rd (in his smart pale blue Mercedes), he turned left at the Island and headed for Sutton, I did wonder if he had just checked out the function room at the rear of the Queen's Head prior to a gig, but that's just wild speculation.
Don't Know Roy? Wild man of the 60s, member of rock bands: The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizard, an emensely talented muscian who played a multitude of instruments, he was born in Kitts Green and received an honory docterate from the University of Derby for his contribution to Rock.  O0
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Roy Wood: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Wood


Peg one winter evening leading up to Christmas 1960's the future wife went into Boots opposite the Odeon New St . I stood outside in the doorway, a minute or two later a couple urned up the young lady went inside the man stood outside . It was only when my young lady came out, I looked and realised who was facing me Roy Wood , I saw Roy about ten years ago in the Bell on Birmingham Road not the lean lad I saw in the 60's . I know we all have to get old but wear clothes that suit or is sympathetic to your physical excesses .
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Re: High Street, Erdington
« Reply #49 on: January 31, 2020, 01:55:40 PM »
Late 60s - Night Service Buses - great service! I think they ran from midnight to 6am. I used the 64 to get from the city to the Lyndhurst Estate many times, only one bus an hour, higher than normal fare but much cheaper than a taxi, I got the bus in Steelhouse Lane by the Nurses Home, if I'd had a few jars of lemonade I was absolutely desperate for a pee by the time I got to Six Ways, Erdington - there was a public loo by the island and even though it was only another 10 mins to my stop I just couldn't make it - it was then 45mins walk home, but I was used to that walk after a gig at the Queen's Head.
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Re: High Street, Erdington
« Reply #50 on: February 03, 2020, 12:30:11 AM »
Early 60s - I was interested in photography from about 8 with a good old Kodak Brownie 127, fixed focus, no adjustment of any kind and no flash but I still managed to get a half decent pic, not long after moving to the Lyndhurst Estate (I'm now about 11) one year when we were on a caravan holiday in Brean Down (near Weston) my photography moved to a higher level when my mom buys me a Kodak Instamatic - easy film loading, the film was contained in a cartridge, still nothing in the way of adjustment but it did have a hot shoe for a flashgun, but here's the best bit! I could now take colour slides - fantastic!
There was a great little photographic equipment shop a few doors along from the Swan Pub and my dad bought a Gnome Projector and a screen, the projector gave good service for decades and then I upgraded awhile ago to an all singing all dancing auto everything projector, I've got loads of slides but we just don't look at them anymore, I've still got the screen - still as good as new. O0
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