LETTER: The famous faces on the number 5 bus route

Hold on for an informative bus ride; the number 5 bus, Codsall to Wolverhampton.

It starts from Codsall by-pass road, not far from the centre, opposite Russell House doctor’s practice, here, the world famous, to plant growers, Russell lupin was developed.

Just a few yards away is the bronze statue of The Lone Singer, sculpted by Codsall local man and first sculptor to be made president of the Royal Academy, Sir Charles Wheeler.

Now to the bus ride:

First obstacle, the left hand turn off the Codsall Road traffic lights, down Elliotts Lane, where the bus is forced to go wide into opposite side of the road to get round, approaching Bilbrook we see on our first right hand side the sad sight of the shut down and boarded up, for many years now, The Grange pub, that Jimmy Lea lived in with his parents, that ran the pub, before he joined Slade.

Then we encounter road hump capital of England through Bilbrook village, this village built especially for the workers at Boulton Paul Aircraft, that made the defiant night fighter, I almost forgot to mention Jacqui Oatley, first senior football reporter, also the famous newspaper cartoon artist Norman Thelwell, who lived here for many years, he taught at Wolverhampton Art College.

Next incursion into oncoming traffic at Birches Bridge, following that is Claregate traffic island that forces the bus to go for yards into Blackburn Avenue. Then the bus stop in Claregate where Wolves and England Captain, Billy Wright, caught the bus to go and play for Wolves.

Just a bit further from that we pass Sandy Lane, Aldersley, where the world’s top crossword puzzle compiler was born and lived until he got into show business, Roger Squires.

All these famous people on one bus route; the number 5.

G Griffiths


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