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Blue plaques in the Borough

Billy Dainty 22/02/1927 - 19/11/1986

William Hooper Frank John (Billy) Dainty was a British comedian, dancer, physical comedian and pantomime and TV star.

Dainty was born at Wolverhampton Street, Dudley, the son of a shopkeeper who was based in a shop at the front of the family home.

His plaque is located at Dudley Concert Hall and was erected on 21st January 2007.

William Shenstone 18/11/1714 - 11/02/1763

An English poet and one of the first developers of landscape gardening through the development of The Leasowes, which was his estate.

His plaque is located at the entrance to Halesowen Golf Club near the Leasowes and was erected 15th November 2007.

Dolly Allen 09/04/1906 - 25/06/1990

Dolly Allen was born Doris Evelyn Baugh, at Wordsley Workhouse.

She met her husband Leonard Allen while working at Hackett Brothers’ nut and bolt works in Victoria Street and they were married in 1926 at Stourbridge Register Office.

It was at the age of 69, in 1975, that Ray Hingley invited Dolly to join the team of the Black Country Night Out. She was an instant hit and from that came records and appearances on television and radio.

Her plaque is located at Brierley Hill Civic Hall and was erected June 22nd 2008. 

Sir Cedric Hardwicke 19/02/1893 - 06/08/1964

Hardwicke was born in the village of Lye was a notable English actor. Hardwicke is remembered by a sculpture by Tim Tolkien at Lye, commissioned by Dudley Council.

The memorial takes the form of a giant filmstrip, the illuminated cut metal panels illustrating scenes from some of Sir Cedric's best-known roles. It was unveiled in November 2005. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Clarkson Rose 08/12/1890 - 23/04/1968

Born in Dudley, Worcestershire in 1890 as Arthur C. Rose. He began his career as “A.C Rose- Comedian”, making his first appearance on stage in 1905 at the Mechanics Institute, Dudley. And later forming his own concert party. He was later to present his own Summer Show “Twinkle” at seaside resorts for over forty years.

His plaque is located at Dudley Concert Hall and was erected 21st January 2007.