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Summer Lane

Astoness

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hi all. just been given a lovely photo so i thought i would share it with you. it was taken in 1930 and the caption is the unity club. now i know that the unity club is now in new summer st and has been for some years but originally it was i am told on the corner of new summer st and summer lane. so i reckon that the street on the right is indeed new summer st and the tall building is the unity club. what facinates me is the large prossession going up summer lane. the person who holds the original has no idea what it was. maybe a lord mayors prossession or a funeral?? has anyone any ideas.

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Astoness

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rupert. its a working mens club and yes its still in exstance. my dad and brother play dominos for them. thanks john

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Big Gee

master brummie
Hello Wales,

Don't think it's a funeral, because I think the horses would be decked out with black plumes and so forth. Don't think it's the Lord Mayor's procession, either. I wonder if it might have been something like a Trades procession, something to do with celebrating all the various trades in and around Summer Lane? I have to say it looks earlier than 1930 to me, too.
Great piece of Brum history, though.

Big Gee
 

Astoness

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hi big gee. maybe we will never know exactly what the prossession was in aid of but like you say a solid piece of brum history.

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Big Gee

master brummie
"You can see the palm trees swaying, down old Summer Lane.
"Every Saturday there's jubilation, they'm bustin' all the winders at The Salutation!
"There ain't no snow in Snow 'Ill, it's too late to catch a train.
"And when it's winter-time in the Argentine, it's summer down Summer Lane!"

Anyone else remember this old ditty? Are there any more verses?

Big Gee
 

Astoness

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wicked john. thanks for that photo. i havnt seen it before. still trying to work out what the prossession may have been. looks very grand to me.

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gingerjon

master brummie
the hearse as wreaths on the top and all the others are coaches also it looks like there is some think in the back of the hearse there was a funeral directors further down the lane, Harman and sons on the corner of Brass Street if it was a show parade would not be out side the address
 

Astoness

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john i thought i could see what looked like wreaths on the top of the coach. so you reckon it was a funeral prossession then.

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Mossy

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Yes Big Gee there are more verses i think i saw them on the Aston website check it out,and let me know

Mau-reece
 

Astoness

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heres a thought. it may have been the funeral of a long serving member of the unity and the prossession stopped outside the club as a mark of respect.

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Mossy

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Yes Big Gee its on the website titled The Summer Lane Kid when you get onto the site (CLICK) on the words my other site and there is all the verses Let me know how you get on

Mau-reece
 

Big Gee

master brummie
Mau-reece,

Yes, found it - thanks! Words rather different to the version I know, though!

I lived in The Broadway, Perry Barr, but had a lot of mates in and around Summer Lane/Alma Street. There was something about that area that kind of 'got' me... When I was older, my dad once suggested that I have a half-pint in every pub from The Salutation right up to Six Ways, and I have to confess I didn't get very far! My mother was outraged!

Regards,

Big Gee
 
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Mossy

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We used to sing it while tapping coins on the pub tables,i must admit we never sang all the verses because we never knew them all

Mau-reece
 
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