last of Wolverhampton's trolley buses waiting to be broken up
on a piece of ground off Bilston Road, Wolverhampton in March 1967.
In the year that speedster Donald Campbell was killed in a jet-powered
boat in the Lake District it was also rest in peace for a more sedate
mode of transport in Wolverhampton.
It was the end of the line for the town's trolley buses as the
very last one - the number 446 - whispered its way into history
when it made its sad farewell journey from Wolverhampton to Dudley
It was a sad weekend for the region's transport bosses as only
a few hours earlier the very last Pullman train from London Paddington
had pulled into wolverhampton's Low Level station.
There had been protests about the demise of the trolley buses
which had run in Wolverhampton for 43 years and which were to continue
in Walsall for five more years.
The end when it came was quiet enough although an extra service
had to be laid on to cater for a larger than usual number of passengers
who had turned up for the ride late on a cold Sunday night.
Trolley number 446 pulled up at the Celveland Road depot shortly
before midnight on March 5, its overhead arms were quickly tweaked
away from the life-giving wires and it was promptly towed away to
trolley bus knackers' yard at Bilston Road.
Next day the Express & Star commented: "It is unlikely it
is the end of electric public transport on the roads. It is too
good an idea for that."
Disaster-hit family get new home in Rugeley:
The Llewellyn family - Mr and Mrs William Llewellyn with children,
from left: Angela (11), Theresa (15), Christina (eight), Steven
(three) and Deborah (two).
A family caught up in the nightmare of the Aberfan disaster the
year before moved to Staffordshire to start a new life in the mining
community of Rugeley.
William and Christina Llewellyn and their six children aged between
three and 15 were offered a house by Rugeley Council following an
approach from the Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil to the local miners' union
The family had survived the disaster in which 100 children and
28 adults were killed when a coal tip collapsed and buried a school
under thouands of tons of slag and slurry.
At one time it had been feared Rosemary Llewellyn had been killed
in the carnage but she had passed by minutes before the collapse
and was suffering from shock when found by her older sister.
Both girls had been transferred from the doomed school just a
few months before the tragedy and even before it they were discussing
a move to the Midlands where they had family.
Explosion rocks big Oldbury factory: Shock waves and flashes
could be seen over a radius of more than 10 miles when a giant explosion
rocked the Allbright and Wilson chemical factory in Oldbury.
the air, January 1967.
Fire engines from Oldbury, Smethwick, West Bromwich, Dudley, Old
Hill and Birmingham were called to the factory in Trinity Road on
a morning in early March.
Damage covered a 12,000 sq ft area, walls were blown down and
twisted debris was thrown several hundreds of feet around the area.
The build-up of pressure in a tank containing 400 gallons is thought
to have caused the blast.
In the spotlight! A petite Parisian called Sylvie Buat-Menard,
who was on holiday in Wolverhampton, found herself suddenly in the
spotlight as a fashion model.
Sylvie, a 20-year-old student had been staying at the home of
Dr and Mrs Marshall in Albert Road where she was brushing up on
her conservational English.
She was invited to model in in a show at Codsall village hall
having never before set foot on a catwalk.
Her English was good enough for her to tell reporters: "I had
never modelled before and was nervous but now I think I would like
to do it again."