Slade's Don Powell returns to Wolverhampton to mark special anniversary

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They grew up on the same Black Country housing estate.

Slade drummer Don Powell tries his hand at guitar with owner Mike Brookes as he visits the new premises of One Way Music

And Slade drummer Don Powell proved he has never forgotten his roots by returning to Wolverhampton to mark a special anniversary with an old friend.

Don dropped in at One Way Music’s premises in the city centre to add of a bit of showbiz glamour to Mike Brookes’ celebration.

Slade's Don Powell returns to Wolverhampton

The music shop has been an ever-present in the city centre for more than three decades, moving into its new premises earlier this year. Don diverted from Slade’s UK tour to mark the 35th anniversary celebration with his old pal from Bilston.

Mr Powell told the Express & Star: “There were quite a few of us from our school who went into the music business, including Mike and I – we were obviously in different bands but we’ve kept in touch over the years.

“It’s great to see people who I started out with – I’ve never forgotten my roots or my friends and it’s great to see an old school pal. We have known each other since we were 11-years-old, we were at school together, Etheridge Senior School, and we both lived on the same housing estate in Bilston.

“Slade are on tour in the UK at the moment and we’ve got a few days off, so I came up from Great Yarmouth on Monday to cheer Mike on. I always pop in, say hello and have a cup of tea.”

The store opened earlier this year in Salop Street. Mr Brookes said: “He’s still the same kid at heart that I went to school with. He’s a genuinely good bloke.”


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