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Stadium memories

OUR recent features on Shirley Town FC and Shirley Stadium drew a good response from readers.

OUR recent features on Shirley Town FC and Shirley Stadium drew a good response from readers.

Margaret Peace (nee Preedy) wrote in with her memories as a teenager.

“I also knew the Shirley Stadium in the 1940s. Like Audrey Parsons (who I knew as Audrey Reade), I lived very close to the Stadium in Grenville Road.

In about 1943, George Featherstone, who owned the stadium, gave the building over to the youth of Shirley. The Youth Club was run by Vic Butler and we had some great times there.

As well as dancing, there was table tennis, darts and billiards. We could go any night of the week except Sundays. We danced to records in the week for sixpence and sometimes a big live band on Saturdays for half-a-crown, with some of the boys playing in uniform.

We had farewell evenings when boys were called up and, when the war in Europe was over, we had a big party on VE night with a huge bonfire.

They were very happy, carefree times and if anyone from those days reading this would like to get in touch, it would be great to meet up and have a reunion. Attached is the cover from a Shirley Stadium Youth Club newsletter showing many members of the club. Although for some reason I am not on it myself, I know most of the faces on there.”

l If you recognise yourself in this picture, contact the Solihull News and we shall pass on your details to Margaret.

 

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