Stourbridge history group mark 40th anniversary with special event

By Andrew Turton | Stourbridge | News | Published:

Walking down memory lane has proved the perfect chance for this group to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Members of the group meet the Mayor of Dudley Councillor Alan Taylor, right, ahead of the event

The Midland Ancestors Stourbridge Group gather regularly to look into family and local history.

Members met at St Peter’s Church Centre, in Pedmore, Stourbridge, to host a special event.

Some of the exhibits showcased on the evening

The celebration, on July 17, was held with invited guest including Dudley’s mayor, Councillor Alan Taylor and mayoress wife Winifred, along with society president Dr Chris Leigh MD and executive officers.

After formal introductions, the mayor was shown around various exhibits from the group’s past by long standing member Jean Weston.

A buffet was laid out after which there was entertainment from Marlene Watson known as “The Black Country Wench”.

She recounted anecdotes and tales from the area before Dr Leigh, as senior society officer, toasted the mayor and the Stourbridge Group.

A cake created to celebrate the 40th anniversary


Group committee member Rob Griffin said: "It was good to see that so many who had contributed much to the Group over the years, were present at this momentous occasion."

The group is one part of a larger organisation covering Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, with a library holding records centuries old.

Anyone wanting more information on the group can email or visit the website

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
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