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  1. Marc

    Lost Relative - Former Consultant - Help to Locate U/K House in Great Barr

    Hi Roberta, I see your reasoning but sadly due to an unfortunate event, the Mother cut off all contact with the Father and refused all forms of support. She also refused to provide any and all details about the subjects Father. It is only now, after the Mothers passing, that other family members...
  2. Marc

    Lost Relative - Former Consultant - Help to Locate U/K House in Great Barr

    Thanks Smudger, every lead is a possibility, I'll start digging along Gravelly lane.
  3. Marc

    Lost Relative - Former Consultant - Help to Locate U/K House in Great Barr

    Hi Wam, apologies, it was my mistake. He is believed to have been born around 1923 and I have now corrected the error in the OP. I only have the first name of Michael, which as you say could well have been Anlgicised. I have searched ancestry but no joy whatsoever. I have located an address...
  4. Marc

    Lost Relative - Former Consultant - Help to Locate U/K House in Great Barr

    Thanks Lyn, your support is appreciated as always and I hope I find you well.
  5. Marc

    Lost Relative - Former Consultant - Help to Locate U/K House in Great Barr

    Thanks Nick, I totally got the year of birth wrong. :)
  6. Marc

    Lost Relative - Former Consultant - Help to Locate U/K House in Great Barr

    Hello fellow B.H.F members, it's been a while, but I could really do with some help here. I'm trying to trace a lady's late Father, the identity of whom was not known until recently. (i.e no name of Father on birth certificate). I have scant information to go on, other than the following: The...
  7. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    I used to find the majority of the pipe pieces around the edges of the bowling green but there were others scattered all around the large gardens. I'm talking about hundreds of different pipe bowls and stems, with some of the bowls being quite ornate and some shaped like faces. I never found a...
  8. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    Edit ...Sorry Viv, you said 1974 which is about right. I was a mere 9 years of age haha
  9. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    So there is a Los Angeles link. I'm sure the man I spoke to had links or even worked for the department at some stage. We may never know, but amazing to recall that night. Were you there with them Viv when they came into to the pub? I know my Mother Joanne was most excited to welcome them over...
  10. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    Hey Viv, we had to use Radio Rentals to hire our first enormous Colour Tv inside a huge wooden sliding door piece of furniture with a long cable on the remote control hehe. Atlantic Road to me at that time was where the posh people lived Viv. I used to have a schoolmate who lived there, she...
  11. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    For anyone interested and for future posterity, here a layout guide to when I lived at the pub. I also remember that the Bungalow next door always had a beautiful back garden, unlike ours which was huge and difficult to maintain especially as we didn't even have a law mower. I do recall...
  12. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    Does anyone remember a girl called Paula who also had a younger sister who lived in the houses backing onto the rear of the pub and the bowling green? I can't remember if she went to Kingsthorne or not. She would be 50 something now.
  13. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    We may even have some photos somewhere of their visit. I'm sure I've seen one or two in the family vaults.
  14. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    I must have known your Mom Viv, I used to go into that shop all the time, spending my Dads stash of silver 5 pences and sixpenses. Can you remeber the LAPD link? The one gentleman gave me an LAPD tie bar which I still have and which I wore throughout my service as a Policeman.
  15. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    Oh my Vivienne, I remember than night quite well, it was the first time I had ever met real true life Americans lol. They were so warm and friendly and they even had plenty of time to talk to us young scamps :0) We were sitting in the Bar on the right hand side as you would enter the pub. They...
  16. Marc

    Griffins Greengrocers, Mr Sparrow Newtown Row, Burlington Street

    It's been a long time since I saw this thread and sadly my Mother passed a few years ago now and she is deeply missed. Mum told me that that my Gran, Cassandra Whitton / Beeston had an affair with a Mr Sparrow and she believes that she was the end result as my Mothers other Sisters had a...
  17. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    Its great! I saved this image from somewhere a long time ago.
  18. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    I'm really letting my memories fly now lol, perhaps as a tribute to my old and much loved home. Does anyone else rember the official opening of the petrol station near to the circle. An ITV celebrity opened it, I can see his face but for the life of me I can't remember his name. I remember...
  19. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    Speaking of the old cottages, my first love if you could call it that was with Samantha Goodman who used to live in the cottage next door. The house itself always smelt lovely, they used to burn incense sticks and I remember her Mom and Dads bedroom was way up in the loft area. The paper shop...
  20. Marc

    Hare and Hounds, Kingstanding

    Hi Vivienne, yes I went to Cranbourne road. I left aged 16 so that would be 1982. I started Nursery I think it was at cranbourne Road. The was a small building near the entrance and the school itself was split in two halves I think. I attended both halves but not sure of my age then lol Mr...
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