20th. It was a right royal occasion for West Midlanders who went
wild celebrating the wedding of the year when a young Princess Elizabeth
walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming.
And on the run
up to the big event the question on every fashion-conscious young
bride's lips from Wolverhampton to Worcester was what will she wear
But the guessing
game went out of the window when, despite poor weather, the radiant
all-white Princess brought gasps of admiration as she swept down
the aisle at Westminster Abbey.
She wore a misty
satin gown with a 15ft long train of fan-shaped transparent ivory
silk tulle accompanied by the shimmering spectacle of minute pearls
and crystals afire in the soft light.
mayor, along with civic leaders across the region, sent greetings
and best wishes to Elizabeth and Philip - and they had replies.
Bilston's mayor got a message from Elizabeth saying the town's good
wishes "gave me great pleasure."
And there was
A big bonus for some of the region's November brides who had been
named Elizabeth - they were in line for clothing "coupon free" dresses
for their big occasion, courtesy of their future queen.
In the event
that there were not sufficient Elizabeths becoming November brides
in Britian, a ballot of non-Elizabethan brides was planned to fill
all the dresses available.
It was also
a big day for Midlands ATS regimental sergeant major, Maud Hadley
of Old Hill, who was one of eight ATS members chosen to form a guard
of honour for the Royal Wedding.
girl, Brenda Swift, decided to be part of the big day by getting
married herself at St Mark's Church, Chapel Ash.
across the Express & Star circulation area beseiged display boards
at the newspaper's branch offices in their eagerness to get a glimpse
of the royal pictures.
A clerk pinning
up the pictures at the Brierley Hill office was trapped by a solid
rush of eager royal watchers and had to battle his way free.
also used three aeroplanes to fly the royal pictures back to the
Midlands for the editions.
flock to see a new queen - this time, the queen of Lichfiel's traditional
Bower Festival in 1947 as she and her attendants pass under the
three spires of the city's catherdral
voices city ambitions:
ambition to be officially made a city goes back more than 50 years
when in October the council's Alderman Alan Davies described the
honour as the town's "rightful reward."
had been trumpeting the town's achievements saying that growth of
the Wolverhampton's transport undertakings had gone from an "almost
bankrupt" concern to a flourishing service with an increase in the
past year of more than £700,000.
the chairman of the transport committee, added that since the end
of the 1914-18 war, the area of the borough had increased to some
9,000 acres and the electricity undertaking had swelled so much
it was now the largest in the country outside the big cities.
He said he was
looking forward to the time when the town would be rewarded by being
made a city.
allegation is heard in secret:
of the flogging of three boys at Rugeley Grammar School sent the
school governors scurrying behind closed doors in October to discuss
The move came
after Alderman G Newman, alleged at a Staffordshire education committee
meeting that the boys had been flogged by one of the masters.
chief confirmed that the meeting ws being held butn added that no
statement would be made afterwards. Officials deneid the Press access
to the meeting. Alderman Newman was demandign that the meeting shoud
be open to the Press,
radio star, Wilfred Pickles, found time to share a joke with pensioners,
Tom and Emma Fellows, aged 84 and 82, respectively, during the broadcast
of his famous Have A Go show at Bilston Town Hall in October.
joke was that when they can't sleep the Bradley pair don't count
sheep - they count the 18 children and 80 grandchildren in their
battle of the sexes reared its head in Birmingham when a union row
blew up over a restaurant's decision to replace waiters with waitresses.
Savoy Restaurant got the impression the waiters were too high class
for the customers and a strike loomed as the establishment decided
the customer is always right and would be best served by waitresses.
The move caused
a rumpus among members of the local catering union.