wait in the loco sheds at Oxley, near Wolverhampton, in 1935
of Wednesfield was busy rattling his chain of office in May
after claiming people were not treating him and his wife with the
respect due to the leading town citizen. "I do not hesitate to say
that even public servants, like the police, have not treated me
fairly," Alderman J Marks, JP, told a local bible meeting, which
apparently was treating him fairly. He said at the meeting that
if everyone treated him as well as they had, he would never complain.
citizen told the Express & Star that he had had two communications
from the police and neither addressed him as "His Worship, The Mayor."
He went on: "I made a statement some time ago complaining of the
way I have been treated and the unfair treatment has continued."
He resented that the unfair treatment had continued.
The Mayor added:
"I am going to be mayor or nothing at all. I expect to be treated
bashing the creator & destroyer of men: The 1930s was an
age when the Black Country was a byword for heavy industry. By night,
the skies roared fiery red with the glow of furnaces and foundries.
could be hit': A
new scheme in April designed to eliminate "wasteful competition"
in dairy produce would hit Shropshire and and Staffordshire to the
tune of 1,750,000 gallons of milk a month with numerous creameries
in the area also being affected, it was claimed.
drawn up by the National Association of Creamery Proprietors, would
also apply to cheese butter, condensed milk, dried milk and cream.
Britain and Northern Ireland were to be brought into the plan aimed
at halting competition between manufacturers in different parts
of the country. It also aimed at killing intense competition from
dairy produce. It was revealed that there were 521 licensed factories
and creameries in England and Wales alone - with Shropshire claiming
a large number.
spokesman told the Express & Star that the elimination of wasteful
competition was behind the plan.
He added that
indications showed that home production of dairy products in 1935
would absorb about 400,000,000 gallons of milk. He said that in
Shropshire and Staffordshire the quantity used so far was was double
the amount for the corresponding period last year. Imports, however,
showed no indication of decline.
In the FA Cup
Final at Wembley in April, West Brom-wich Albion were beaten 4-2
by Sheffield Wednesday.
A "land scarcity"
in Dudley prompted a local councillor to claim that if the town
did not get more land for building, "we are going to die of decay."
the creator and destroyer of men
It was a poisoned
chalice. The metal-bashing business brought wealth to the region
but, all too often, an early grave to the men of the Midlands who
The work was
hard, hot and dirty and yet, when it was swept away in the Thatcher
years, folk felt a curious fondness for the vast, polluting smokestacks
Reg Summerfield summed up his feelings in verse:
red glow lighting evening skies,
warmth and comfort to our aching eyes.
hidden by clouds of black,
belching from train and chimney stack.
and furnaces creating iron and steel,
nuts and bolts, every kind of wheel.
buckets, chains and spaces.
prosperity from the heat of Hades.
toil bringing forth sweat and tears,
earning wages for many long years,
and workshops processing orders,
export beyond Britain's borders.
now, no industrial scene,
"urban villages" with lawns of green.
smoke, no red sky at night.
industry, no Black Country might.
it's called! What a sickly joke!
back honest toil, we'll stand the smoke!