last tram running in Walsall, pictured on October 2, 1933
racing fraternity were among the front runners in the uproar
in June over plans to slash the number of greyhound race meetings
to ten a month nationwide.
owner and commission agent, Cyril Brewster, claimed the plan would
place a "stranglehold on provincial tracks."
He said greyhound
tracks in the provinces would be very seriously affected if the
plan by the Royal Commission on Lotteries and Gambling went through.
It would also
mean that the Wolverhampton weekly programme would be cut by half,
said Mr B F Williams, chairman of directors of the Midland Greyhound
Racing Company, which controlled the Monmore Green track.
He added that
the plan would result in job losses, making it practically impossible
to maintain the present large staff there if only two meetings a
week were allowed. The track would not be a paying proposition.
He also pointed
out that greyhound owners would be hit. With the chances of obtaining
prize money being reduced the animals would become almost a direct
said the brightest spot in the commission report on the plan was
that postal cash betting would be made legal, as it was in Scotland.
It was also
feared that if the proposals were adopted, morning or afternoon
meetings at Monmore Green would go - including those meetings held
to see off Danish pigs:
home the bacon in the pig industry was theme of an agricultural
meeting at Penkridge in April, when the marketing of pigs and the
reorganisation of the pig industry was discussed. The meeting heard
that it was hoped the reorganisation off the industry would enable
the British consumer to be offered something equally as good as
Rogers makes point: Popular
Willenhall boxer Tommy Rogers raised British prestige in Paris by
beating US boxing hero, Eugene Huat in May.
The local lad's
win was a key talking point in French sporting circles for some
time after the fight.
And Rogers also
dispelled the French illusion up to then that the British style
of boxing was inferior to the American. Rogers was an unknown in
France before the fight, which he won at the cost of a split eyebrow.
Later in the
month a 3,000-strong crowd braved intense mid-day heat at Wolverhampton's
Pear Tree Inn to see the local featherweight beat a "punch drunk
battler from Barnsley" who retired in the sixth round with a cut
Staffordshire farmer, Wilmott Martin, raised the princely sum of
£13,000 for charity - by impersonating the famous Scots comic, Sir
Harry Lauder, at farm sales and other events.
Mr Martin, who
became known as the comedian's double, used to tell the story of
how Lauder travelled to the farmer's home town of Hixon, near Stafford,
to see the man said to bear a striking resemblance to him.
In fact the
two had their photograph taken together with other farmers.
And Mr Martin
treasured two letters he received from the King and the Prince of
Wales, congratulating him on the remarkable amount of charity money
he had raised with his Harry Lauder impressions.
Mr Martin was
known as Harry Lauder by all the people around Hixon.
He got the idea
to impersonate the comic when he went to see him at a theatre in
Later a honeymoon
couple mistook the farmer for the Scottish comic when they stopped
him on the front at Blackpool and told him they had enjoyed his
songs. "I didn't let on," chuckled Mr Martin. "I sent them away
Sir Harry was
so impressed with his Staffordshire double that he sent him the
crooked walking stick he used in his act, suitably inscribed.