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...its landscape and its people have been forged out of the furnace of its own history...
...and so begins Gwyn Richard's poetical narration of this poignant and atmospheric profile of the people and character of the Black Country, the birthplace and the cradle of the industrial revolution.
This half an hour long documentary made by ATV Today in 1969 explores the changing industry and landscape of the region through the eyes of its people.
90 year old Hannah Baker lives in a recently condemned 19th Century end-terrace in Tipton with its original open grate and no electricity. Mrs Baker remembers when she was a child the evenings would be lighter, the sky lit up beautifully by the furnaces. Herbert Davies and Gerald Billingham forge chains by hand at Cradley Heath and Quarry Bank from 4am til 10.30am each working day. Herbert scorns weaker men . While having a pint, chain making legend and prize dog owner Joe Mallen uses beer glasses to simulate the process of dog fighting and author and presenter Phil Drabble describes the brutal sport of cock fighting. A Bradley pub is packed with regulars singing 'Somebody Stole My Gal' to piano while the landlady serves up free pie and paes at Grey Paes Pudding Night.
Dr John Fletcher of the Black Country Society talks of how locals possess a strong sense that they belong to a small group, whether it be a street, a town or area; and Black Country poet Harry Harrison talks of the region's particular sense of humour.
With poetry, rhyme, songs and stills from the region entwined with Gwyn Richard's rich commentary, a host of colourful characters and powerful shots of the industrial landscape, this documentary provides a moving insight into the Black Country in the 1960s.
Duration: 30 mins 50 seconds
B&W / Sound
Sorry, there are no subtitles available for the hard of hearing at present
You can also purchase this title on the DVD The Black Country 1969 (with optional subtitles) for £8.99 + p&p HERE
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