Posts Tagged ‘1990s’

I used to live at 1774 Pershore Road behind and above a second hand shop therefore consequently my nickname at school was Steptoe.

The family ran this business from just after the second world war until the late 1990s. In fact one of my dad’s childhood memories was playing cricket across the Pershore Road, imagine that now!

My granddad Frank, started the shop, F E Waldron, and ran it until he died in 1965.

My grandmother Elsie Waldron, (known as Margaret at St Agnes church because she didn’t like her name and so her church friends gave her a name that she liked), was  a dress maker and later lived in Midland Road where she created wedding outfits and dresses for many until she died in the 1980s.

My dad, Reg Waldron, took over the business from until the late 1990s however was tragically murdered in the shop by a guy that needed money for Christmas. It was a pretty unpleasant affair and the guy was arrested by a retired police officer cleaning his soiled clothes in Kings Norton Green laundrette.  So I suppose this is part of a darker side of Cotteridge as this is one of a few incidents in the area.

I like Cotteridge, it has many memories both happy and sad and therefore I still feel apart of the area though have not lived there for many years.

FE Waldron

FE Waldron, around 1945-50

Breedon Bar in 1997. It closed in about 1992, caught fire in about 1996, and was finally demolished in the early 2000s, it's now some flats.

Breedon Bar in 1997. It closed in about 1992, caught fire in about 1996, and was finally demolished in the early 2000s, it's now some flats.

Cotteridge roundabout looking towards Selly Oak, 1997
Cotteridge roundabout looking towards Selly Oak, 1997
Bus stops opposite Cotteridge Church, 1997

Bus stops opposite Cotteridge Church, 1997

Breedon Bridge towards Stirchley, 1997

Breedon Bridge towards Stirchley, 1997

Pershore Road, looking towards town from outside the petrol station, 1997

Pershore Road, looking towards town from outside the petrol station, 1997

Number 47 bus rounds the corner to Pershore Road South, 1997

Number 47 bus rounds the corner to Pershore Road South, 1997