St Albans 28th Birthday Party.

Friday lunchtime what a pleasure it is to visit St Alban’s Community Association in Smethwick and help everyone celebrate their 28th Birthday Celebrations. It is an amazing place filled with happiness and love.

Special thanks to Tonia for inviting us together with Blind Dave to enjoy their luncheon festivities it was a pleasure to be part of the celebrations.  It is a wonderful thriving and vibrant centre, thanks to everyone for a great time.

Met with Suzanne and Geoff.

Monday afternoon l had a meeting with Suzanne and Geoff who l thanked sincerely for their outstanding hard work and achieving so much monies for my charities.

They also presented me with Hector ( a name for a hero ) who will become my mascot for my mayoral year. After travelling around the borough l will be auctioning him off sometime next year.

Watch this space.

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.