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Bush 23rd May 2007

ENTERTAINING BILSTON

Holy Trinity Social Club
Bush

After days of rain we had a nice sunny day, with only a few clouds, and only fluffy ones that brought no rain.  Outside the Holy Trinity Social Club poppies had struggled through the car park tarmac - as the picture at the top of the page shows.

 Bill Pope As always our Committee members turned up early to put the show on the road and, as usual, Bill Pope was at the entrance desk, busily checking the membership list before getting everyone to sign in and visitors to pay up! Reg Aston had sent up a vast display of photos Reg Aston had sent up a vast display of photos with emphasis on our theme for the day - entertainment in Bilston.  And Henry Metzger set up a sound system on which he played music "in the mood".
Sandra Aston set up a delightful display about Bilston weddings, seen here being admired by our Chairman, Alan Bickley. Alan Bickley. Frank Sharman had a display about local man Jim Morgan, which included many photos from his weightlifting and body building days in the 1930s, when such activities were popular.  He also had several display cases of local badges and medals, many of which related to local sporting activities. Frank Sharman had a display about local man Jim Morgan
some of David Fitzgerald-Plummer's tin toys And Reg had even more photos about local entertainment, seen here with some of David Fitzgerald-Plummer's tin toys, of the sort which once entertained children and now entertain adult collectors. the workers take a break Reg had also laid out albums of even more local photos.  And when everything was nearly ready the workers take a break, as does a local bobby soxer (is that what they were called?).
A good supply of tea is, of course, essential to these occasions and as members and visitors started to come in our bobby-soxer gained some work experience in the catering line.  Megan Fitzgerald-Plummer is pouring tea and with her are the sisters, Mary King and Sheila Skitt. Megan Fitzgerald-Plummer is pouring tea and with her are the sisters, Mary King and Sheila Skitt. Our President, Trevor Genge, checks the arrangements with David Fitzgerald-Plummer ... Trevor Genge,  with David Fitzgerald-Plummer
 Reg Aston, Gerald Hanrahan and Alan Bickley ... as do Reg Aston, Gerald Hanrahan and Alan Bickley. Lots of people came along - in fact Bill counted in 108 people.  Lots of people came along - in fact Bill counted in 108 people.  In the centre (with the glasses) is Mrs. Alan Tranter.  It was good to see her after her recent bereavement:  Alan Tranter was a great repository of Bilston history.
everyone settled down to inspect the displays, And everyone settled down to inspect the displays, talk over old time sand enjoy a cup of tea.  Olga France (with her back to the camera) chats to Alan Hadley.

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