Trouble in Panto Land, Dorothy Parkes


Behind you, oh no it isn’t oh yes it is. The wicked witch is behind you.

I’m practising for this afternoons matinée performance put on at Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick.

A great time was had by all.


Unveiling of Mary Macarthur Monument


This was a wonderful occasion shared with the family of Mary Macarthur, members of The Friend’s Group and many, many people who braved the weather to celebrate the unveiling of the monument by the artist, with the Phoenix Brass Band playing in the background.

There was a very large crowd at the Union event who would be going up to the Bearmore Mound after the ceremony to  the T U C celebrations of the 1910 woman’s strike.

I received a framed portrait of Mary from her grandson, which would be going to Cradley Heath Library where it will take pride of place.

Black Country Photo Call


Because of the awful weather the venue was changed from Dudley Castle to the Council House.Councillor Ian Jones the Cabinet Member and myself represented Sandwell.

Whilst taking the photos l happened to see a chair that was beckoning me, l sat down after noticing it was the elusive Tipton Chair. This was the chair that was aquired many moons ago when the Boundery was changed and the old council house was put into Dudley.

We would like it back please.

Balaji Temple Jubilee Celebrations


It was an honour to be part of the first Hindu Temple to take part in Diamond Jubilee Event.

The Temple is one of the 4,000 approved Beacon Bonfire Sites and the only Hindu Temple in the UK to have this Status.

It was a good chance to have a good look around the site and to see the various forms of worship and the diverse range of multi Faith activities and it is a growing centre of excellence and devotion to the Hindu faith within Sandwell.