gleaming, ladders stowed and their engine polished to perfection,
the men of the Cannock Fire Brigade pose for the camera in 1927.
was, in August, branded the noisest town in Britain because
of the range of noises from mouth organs to motorcycles.
It was so bad
new bye-laws were introduced and the Express & Star received a string
of letters complaining about "night noises".
One man, from
a city three times the size of Wolverhampton, claimed the town was
the noisiest in Britain.
One writer complained
of the constant din of motorycles fitted with inefficient silencers
- and went a step further by calling Wolverhampton "probably the
noisiest town in the world."
on the problem the chief constable said he did not think Wolverhampton
was a particularly noisy town although the exceptionally heavy traffic
continually passing through must be "a great source of anxiety to
property owners," he said.
He added that
there would surely be less noise now that the trams were being removed.
of Wolverhampton Motor Services Ltd, said: "Considering this is
a big manufacturing town for motorcycles and cars, I think motorists
in Wolverhampton are a very decent lot."
He added: "The
grumblers seem to forget the seaside resorts where the young bloods
are thoroughly noisy."
But some town
defenders rated Wigan as THE place for noise.
Police force in 1927
hits tree - 11 hurt:
Wolverhampton people were injured in a horrific charabanc crash
near Welshpool in August.
A tyre on the
vehicle burst, the steering column snapped and the vehicle ploughed
into a tree.
The driver deliberately
steered into the tree to prevent the charabanc dashing through a
hedge, down a steep bank and into a ditch.
the passengers were thrown clear and ferried to hospital in Welshpool.
taking passengers to West Bromwich, was first at the scene of the
crash and helped with the emergency.
The driver of
the wrecked charabanc told the Express & Star that he was returning
to Wolverhampton from Aberystwyth when a front tyre burst as he
was overtaking an Austin Seven car. "It went off like a gun," he
said, adding that the steering column broke at the bottom.
"I could see
that if it went into the hedge it would have gone straight into
a field and a big ditch and then turned over. I made it turn into
a tree to stop it."
The driver sustained
a broken rib and the ligaments of one leg were smashed. He added
that if the vehicle had gone over the hedge everyone would have
"It was a miracle
it happened as it did, he added. The front spring of the vehicle
itself was embedded several inches into the tree and it took some
effort to pull clear.
harmony at the Molineux:
a hard week at work what better way to relax at the weekend than
by tickling the tonsils with a little community singing in the open
air at Wolverhampton's Molineux Grounds in January.
Land Of Hope And Glory and There's A Tavern In The Town, echoed
across the streets as townsfolk raised their voices accompanied
by the prizewinning Metropolitan Works Band, under the direction
of Joseph Lewis and Harold Casey.
the high notes, the singers were given a few helpful hints by Mr
Lewis. He emphasised that everyone must join in and they must all
He told the
gathering that he wasn't using a baton because the crowd wouldn't
see it. Instead, his associate Harold Casey , would give the necessary
"physical jerks" to help the singers harmonise.
Printed on the
Community Singing sheet were instructions to "take a deep breath"
and hold it. According to Mr Lewis the gathering must sing with
the breath HELD to make more sound - and they must not get out of
step with the singing.
Mr Lewis promised
the crowd that if they got into a mess he would blow a whistle for
them to stop. Presumably if they were still holding their breath
they would be in no fit state to singalong-a-Lewis.
going to the dogs . . . Plans
for greyhound racing on a massive scale in Wolverhampton were unveiled
in August by a town business syndicate formed for the purpose.
The idea was
to build a track, probably in the Penn Fields area, on up-to-date
lines with every facility for making greyhound and whippet racing
not only a popular local sport, but a social attraction.
big drawback was a shortage of greyhounds - and the syndicate intended
to get over this hurdle by making the breeding of dogs part of the
Work was due
to start on the project as soon as a definite site had been chosen
and the grand opening was planned for the spring of the following