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I was born in Inkerman St in 39.After 1945-6 when we started to grow up we used to go round the side of the Raiway club through the iron railings and down the rope onto the River Rea.In the Summer we used to block the centre arch with anything we could find and swim in there.Every thing was fine till one day some bombs floateddown (they were yellow with a 4 fin end) Some one called the police and they wouldn't let us down for weeks
Am I dreaming it but did I once see an old advert for Birds Custard that said something like "manufactured beside a river in leafy Warwickshire"? Strictly speaking this was correct but the implication that the manufactory was in a rural, bosky situation was hardly correct.
In my early life the river Rea played a big part we lived in a cul de sack and at the bottom was the entrance to Colmers Farm sports field in Rubery and in the very back corner the Callow brook joined the river Rea, half the homes backed on to the field so it became our play site we use to dam the Rea and stop the flow flood the local area get soaked playing then go home and tell my mother I got splashed by a frog HA HA
I don't think anybody has mentioned the confluence (is that the right word) of The Rea and the Bournbrook which used to be inside Cannon Hill Park just adjacent to the paddling pool. Where we kids used to spend more time paddling than in the actual paddling pool it was certainly cleaner. As I remember it back then the bridge in the photo wasn't there then and must have been built with Birmingham Zoo which later became a Nature Reserve.