24 Aug 2020 9:56AM
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Record shots are boring, arent they? Simply an accurate rendition of whats there
Except in retrospect. I used to drive past a factory in Aldridge that had a bin lorry outside on display. When I say outside I actually mean on a platform, thirty feet in the air. Unremarkable after the first couple of times you drive past (on a busy, straight road) so I never stopped to take a picture.
And its gone.
In Walsall town centre, theres an archway on the main street to allow lorries to deliver to the new Primark store. I dont actually remember what was there before, but I do know there was a building in the way. Again, I wish Id simply photographed the street a few times over the years.
Opposite the great big new hole in the town, theres what used to be a music shop, with carvings on the front various musical instruments. I think I have pictures of it but Im going back to take more later today, just in case.
Not to mention the Twenties building that is soon going to be pulled down to make way for a new medical centre, replacing several ageing houses for five local GP practices. I need to get in there fast It was a British Leyland showroom and garage when I moved to Walsall: it was, briefly, an arts centre in the Eighties, before a combination of Tory government and Tory council leadership closed it to save money.
Walsall has lost three different factories that have burned down in the last few years, Victorian heritage buildings that added character to the town. So Im going to look for the things that may be under threat now, and take pictures while I can