FIRST MEMORIAL

BIRMINGHAM ROMANY MEMORIAL REVIEW GROUPS ORIGINAL AIM WAS TO  “Provide and maintain a memorial in Black Patch Park Sandwell” dedicated to the historical contribution the original gypsy families made to this land and the greater West Midlands area.

THIS IS THE FIRST MEMORIAL ON BLACK PATCH LAND (NOW PARK) THAT THE GROUP PROVIDED IN 2005, ON THE BRIDGE OVER THE HOCKEY BROOK.

FIRST MEMORIAL IN POSITION ON THE BRIDGE IN BLACK PATCH PARK 23/07/2005 "At the launch of my book “BRUMROAMIN” in September 2003 I promised that I would attempt to have a permanent memorial erected to the Gypsy families that once occupied the Black Patch land. I am now pleased to tell you that on 26 JULY 2005 being the 100th anniversary of their first eviction from the land, a memorial plaque mounted on natural stone was unveiled on the bridge at BLACK PATCH PARK" Ted Rudge

FIRST MEMORIAL IN POSITION ON THE BRIDGE IN BLACK PATCH PARK 23/07/2005

"At the launch of my book “BRUMROAMIN” in September 2003 I promised that I would attempt to have a permanent memorial erected to the Gypsy families that once occupied the Black Patch land. I am now pleased to tell you that on 26 JULY 2005 being the 100th anniversary of their first eviction from the land, a memorial plaque mounted on natural stone was unveiled on the bridge at BLACK PATCH PARK"

Ted Rudge

VICKIE POWNALL, CARL CHINN, ?,  COLIN PARKER AND TED RUDGE at the  launch of  TED'S book BRUMROAMIN VICTORIA SQUARE, BIRMINGHAM.

INSCRIPTION ON THE PLAQUE THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE MEMORIAL STONE

INSCRIPTION ON THE PLAQUE THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE MEMORIAL STONE

COLIN PARKER ON THE BACK OF BILLY ON THE DAY THE FIRST MEMORIAL WAS INSTALLED ON THE 23/07/2005

COLIN PARKER ON THE BACK OF BILLY ON THE DAY THE FIRST MEMORIAL WAS INSTALLED ON THE 23/07/2005

TED RUDGE AND THE NEWLY INSTALLED MEMORIAL STONE 23/07/2005

TED RUDGE AND THE NEWLY INSTALLED MEMORIAL STONE 23/07/2005

MEMORIAL STONE AS PURCHASED, TED RUDGE LEANING ON THE RAILINGS WHERE THE NEW MEMORIAL IS TO BE FITTED, NEW MEMORIAL AND COLIN PARKER ON BILLY AFTER WE INSTALLED THE STONE 23/07/2005 

Installing the original Stone and Plaque. Unveiling of the memorial on the bridge over the Hockley Brook in Black Patch Park.  Colin and his Bowtop, Billy the horse, Member of the Tangey family (brown jacket sitting on the steps of the bowtop) with Jessey Loveridge and Ted Rudge.Plus various photographs from the memorial unveiling day in Black Patch Park.

MARY BOOT AND SUSAN ABOVE AND BELOW JOHN AND JAN SMITH IN THE SOHO FOUNDRY TAVERN AFTER THE MONUMENT UNVEILING

MARY BOOT AND SUSAN ABOVE AND BELOW JOHN AND JAN SMITH IN THE SOHO FOUNDRY TAVERN AFTER THE MONUMENT UNVEILING

TONY AND VICKIE POWNALL, JOHN LOVERIDGE, JESSIE LOVERIDGE, ?,?,?