I must thank Christine and John Ashmore for the following photographs, which were taken by their aunty Beat from her home in Ward Street. The photographs were taken with her "Box Brownie", and are believed to be from the 1930s. They show a number of work's bands that were assembling in the street in preparation for a march, probably to the nearby Arboretum.

Ward Street has changed beyond recognition since the photos were taken. The houses were demolished to make way for Chamber of Commerce House.

GKN (Darlaston) Atlas Works' band.
H.M.S. Accuracy, the band from W. Martin Winn Limited, nut and bolt manufacturer of Station Works, Darlaston.

The shop across the road was owned and run by Miss Elsie Murphy, who sold a wide range of products. The alleyway opposite led to several back yards. The footpath went over the Holbrook which flows out of the Arboretum on its way to The Bridge, and the River Tame at James Bridge.
If anyone has any information about the event, or the bands, please send me an email. I will be delighted to hear from you.

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