We had some white cats (3), they were deaf, one of them went up and died in the kennel of the greyhounds.
I was born in Ladywood in 1941 at 42 Clark Street, when I was 2, we moved just a few doors up to number 48, right opposite the Hyde Arms (my Nan lived at number 42, she was called Lillian Dawson).
I only ever remember being served by one gentleman; he was of slim build, always neatly dressed in a smart suit, and very pleasant in manner.
Nothing was too much trouble for him in locating that obscure disc for his customers.
I remember Lee's bike/record shop, which was located slightly back from the main road, and stood on the Spring Hill.
The shop did not retail bicycles, there being limited space available on the premises, but did carry a good range of cycle accessories.
I did buy all my 78's, and boxes of steel gramophone needles from the shop.
Whenever the steel spring snapped in my old portable HMV gramophone, I would take it to the shop, my Dad would give me a few pounds, and it would be repaired as good as new.
The Photo shown on Parker Street with the Black Smiths down the entry, shows my old house, No11, on the right corner, the Iron Gates being the side entrance, on the left side not shown, was a little Grocer shop owned by a lovely lady, Mrs Pittam, she sold everything, including a great selection of sweets.
I can recall the Coronation in 1953, we celebrated this just up the road in the entrance to the reservoir.
In those days, the only people allowed into the reservoir were a sailing club.
Regards My wife was born in 1930 at 67 Marroway Street, the home of her grandparents, Alfred and Matilda Quiney, also the premises of Rudge Brown, coal merchants to industry, for whom Alfred was caretaker, stableman and coal deliverer.
When my wife was 12 months old, however, her parents got their first house on the new council estate in Northfield.