Year by Year

The following stories were contributed by local people in for 'Sedgley's Diamond 60' - an exhibition at All Saints' Church Hall, celebrating 60 years of the Queen's reign in 2012. 


THE 1950s

1952: The Accession of Queen Elizabeth by Des Round


1953: Gordon Monckton’s wedding at All Saints


1953: Beauty Contest Winner Jean Prosser



1954: National Service with Regimental Police by John Holman


1955: All Saints Choir in the 50s by Dan Price


1956: Goodyear by Rob Lavender


1957: Cycling memories of Sedgley by Tony Hart 


1958 Starting at Baggeridge Brick by B Naylor 






1959  Austin 7 Mini by Mavis Gosling



THE 1960s

1960: All Saints’ Youth Club in the 60s by Jane Hartshorne


1961: Driving a delivery lorry for Butlins by Edward Bradley


1962 Lesley Guy, All Saints’ verger by Ruth Barnard (his daughter) 


1963: My first day in Sedgley by Pauline Gregory



1964: The day I met Mick Jagger by Martin Jones



1965:  Sedgley High Street in the mid-60s by Jean Timmins


1966: The Old Council House by Chris Lloyd



1967: Dormston School Cruise by Sue Allen


1968: Closure of Baggeridge Colliery by Austin Moseley


1969: HW Atkins Undertakers, High Holborn by Derek Atkins




1970 The Methodists and Congregationists join by Iris Jones



1971: Francis Barnett's Daughter's Baptism at All Saints


1975: Fancy Dress at All Saints Garden Parties by Andrew Lavender


1976: Lil Parton's Garden Parties by Pam Parton


1977: Ann Ridge Silver Jubilee Street Party


1977: Roses for the Queen by Kerry Ball


1977: Opening Jubilee Hall by George Cox


1977: All Saints and St Chads memories by June White


1977: Arcal Lodge see The Queen by Cllr Tina Westwood



1978: Bingo at the Clifton by Shirley Teach


1979 Closure of Bilston Steel Works by Andree Hickey





1980: Queen Mother's 80th birthday parade by Geoffrey Bangham


1982: The Falklands War by Bob Hill


1983: Princess Anne opens Baggeridge Country Park by Mrs M Stanley


1984: The Miners Strike David Melhuish


1984: Joining the Townswomens Guild by Joyce Garner


1985: All Saints' Chalice by Mary Cleaver



1985: 'A blast from the past' by David Melhuish


1987: Bert Bissell by Val Trinder


1988: BD Price superstore opens, by Dan Price




1992 The day I was Lady Penelope by Anna Jones


1995: Revd Eric Petrie The Battle of the Dialects



1995:  Noah's Ark Mother and Toddler Group by Jenny Lavender



1996: 'Dare to be a Daniel' by Sheila Kendrick


1999: Taking over Sedgley Community Centre Over 50s Club by Beryl and Stan Dodd




2000: My licensing at All Saints' by Revd Stephen Buckley



2001 May Day Parade and Maypole dancing by Rob Jones


2002: Dudley Earthquake by Joanne Sweetland


2003 Gardening Club, by a Club Member (anon)



2005: England v Australia 2nd Test by Tony Hart



2006: Sedgley in Bloom by Debbie Moodie



2008: St George's Day Celebrations by Cllr David Caunt



2009 Funeral of Bobby Thomson by Len Millard




2010: Princess Anne opens the Beacon Centre by Suki Virk


2011: Civic Service by Cllr Michael Evans


2012: Ring of Bells for Doug Smith by David Smith


In addition, items of interest from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s have been selected from the Dudley Herald newspaper, copies of which are held on microfilm at Dudley Archives. Here is a selection of cuttings from these decades: