players chair skipper Billy Wright round Wembley after their Cup
It was a
day of triumph for Wolves after they put three goals past Leicester
at Wembley to win the FA Cup on May 2.
fans went wild as they hailed their conquering heroes while the
famous cup was borne in victory to the town hall.
welcome home was captured by an Express & Star reporter who wrote:
"I am not ashamed to write that as we travelled in one of the three
coaches between the Low Level station and the town hall, it was
hard to keep a lump from coming into the throat.
"From the balcony
of the town hall, all one could see was the vast sea of faces in
every direction, and when the Mayor (Alderman H E Lane) brought
Billy Wright, clutching the cup, out to face the crowd, there was
a roar greater than anything I had heard at Wembley.
introduced his team one by one ( I don't expect them to make speeches,
they are far too shy')."
tribute to the troops:
to 50,000 crowd thronged Whittington Barracks, Lichfield in June,
to catch a glimpse of second world war hero, Field Marshall Viscount
Montgomery who reviewed the Staffordshire Territorials.
reviews the troops at Whittington Barracks
the turn-out of the auxiliary force on parade as one of the best
he had ever seen. He told them: "I wish there were more like you."
More than 2,000
auxiliary forces members were on parade for Monty who made a point
of complimenting the troops on their fine recruiting record.
to the show:
strong crowd was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and
the Princess Royal on the first day of the Royal Agricultural Show
at Shrewsbury in July.
town sprang up on the 115 acre site with long stock lines, avenues
of trade stands, numerous educational exhibits as well as a separate
One of the stars
was a mammoth pig carrying a thousand pounds of bacon on its trotters.
wearable . . . Tie-silk
was one of the top trends in women's fashions, offering a non-expensive,
durable fabric which could be used for day or evening dress.
It also offered
a style which was simple and wearable for most occasions.
UK into the lead: On
July 27 the De Havilland Comet, the world's first jetliner, pioneered
by Midlands-educated aviation expert, Frank Whittle, put Britain
in the forefront of jet technology when it headed skywards on its
was catching up, the first flight of the Comet - at Hatfield under
great secrecy - was a great boost for a Britain still enduring the
austerity of rationing.
folk were the victims of "spivs who are duping the working man"
according to Smethwick trade unionists who called in October for
an investigation into the uneven post-war supply of cigarettes.
for years destroys valuable oak:
English oak stored for use in rebuilding historic London churches,
including the Chapter House at St Paul's Cathedral, went up in smoke
in August in Wolverhampton's biggest fire for years.
£20,000 to £30,000 blaze at the timber yard of John S Hickman at
Monmore Green took 100 firefighters four hours to bring under control.
at the scene said about 5,000 tons of trunks, 90 per cent English
oak, was destroyed and a derrick worth more than £5,000 was wrecked.
Fire crews arrived
at the scene to find a 70ft high stack of trunks covering 100 square
loudspeakers called for civilian volunteers to help fight the fire.
the civilian response enabled a machine shop and other buildings
to be saved.
A big problem
for the fire brigade was that it had to rely on supplies of water
from more than a quarter of a mile away from the fire.
Miles of hoses
were in use and, for a time, all traffic except trolley buses was
stopped on the Bilston-Wolverhampton road.