| Wolverhampton war veterans were up in arms in June
after town council chiefs revealed that they had no plans to mark
the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
As Labour Council leaders blamed the previous administration for
the oversight, ex-soldiers complained that to ignore the Normandy
landing anniversary was "absolutely deplorable."
They roundly condemned the council for causing "huge disappointment"
to war heroes and their families.
The council's Labour leader, Norman Davies, said he was disgusted
that the outgoing administration had planned nothing to mark D-Day.
"It is disgusting that the ex-service people of this town will
not have the opportunity to pay tribute to the war dead on this
anniversary," said Councillor Davies.
Neville Collins from the Royal British Legion, said: "All we wanted
was a simple service or small reception.
"If smaller towns like Tipton and Dudley can manage it why can't
Everybody is bitterly disappointed that no attempt is being made
to officially remember those who gave their lives to help preserve
our way of life."
Paul Allen, secretary of the district branch of the Parachute
Regiment Association, thought the council had acted "terribly" by
doing "absolutely nothing about this anniversary."
Meanwhile in West Bromwich they were gearing up for a trip down
memory lane to the war years at a local community centre.
Queen unveils a plaque at the newly re-developed Molineux
June 24. Tens of thousands of flag-waving Black Country
people turned out to give the Queen a huge welcome during an historic
day-long visit to Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.
In Walsall she opened the town's 1.5 million probation complex
and became the first monarch to visit Dudley Castle since Elizabeth
I sat down to dinner there in 1575.
The Queen also visited the headquarters of Tipton City Challenge
In Wolverhampton she attended a millennium service at St Peter's
Collegiate Church before unveiling a plaque marking the church's
foundation and walking across to the civic centre, receiving armfuls
of flowers en route.
She also visited the new 15 million Molineux stadium, where she
was greeted by club president Sir Jack Hayward, manager Graham Taylor,
the club's new 1.3 million signing Tony Daley and former Molineux
favourite John Richards.
Sir Jack praised the Queen on her choice of hat which some thought
was tangerine but he described as Wolves gold.
Queen watches her horse, Set The Fashion, finish third in the
3.20 at Dunstall Park
At Dunstall Road Racecourse, the Queen unveiled a plaque to officially
open the 13.5 million course, then watched her horse come third,
ironically behind Royal Interval, in the Queen Elizabeth All Weather
Wheechair-bound May Bircher, aged 84, form Ettingshall, who arrived
outside St Peter's with hours to spare, said: "I've waited all my
life for this moment. I never thought I would see her."
The Queen unveils a plaque at the newly redeveloped Molineux
Billy statue appeal launch: The Billy Wright statue appeal
was kicked off in October with a mass collection outside Molineux.
The Wolverhampton public were urged to give generously to the
100,000 appeal to honour one of the town's most famous sons.
A team of 40 people armed with plastic buckets waited outside
the stadium to gather money from fans attending Wolves' match against
It was the first opportunity for fans to contribute to the fund,
launched jointly by the Express & Star and Beacon Radio.
Hundreds of pounds had already been donated, including two 100
cheques from the town' MPs, Dennis Turner and Ken Purchase.
Tour firm collapse leaves trippers in limbo: A Birmingham tour
firm went bust in June leaving more than 600 Black Country day-trippers
Families from Walsall, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Halesowen
had paid 25-a-head to see Michael Barrymore in Blackpool.
But just an hour before they were due to set off, many received
letters from Cambrai Tours saying it had gone bust and the trip
Other would-be passengers were left stranded at pick-up points
as news emerged that the firm had collapsed with debts of 75,000.
Caught out: The future of two teachers at a Smethwick school
who allegedly had sex while pupils spied on them was being decided
on by the Holly Lodge High School governors in July.
The teachers, who were both understood to be married - but not
to each other - were supposedly caught in the act in an office and
were later suspended indefinitely.
It is understood that up to 30 youngsters viewed the incident.