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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. 

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.

Duncan Edwards - 01/10/1936 - 21/02/1958

England and Manchester United football legend Duncan Edwards was born on Thursday 1 October 1936 in Dudley, in the heart of the Black Country.

The big number 6, who was 5ft 10" and weighed just under 13 stone was nicknamed ‘The Tank’. He played at wing half but could also play centre half, centre forward and inside forward.

Duncan was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team formed under manager Sir Matt Busby in the late 1940s.

He was one of the eight players who tragically died from injuries sustained in the Munich air disaster on Thursday 6 February 1958. Aged just 21, Duncan died 15 days later on Friday 21 February in the Reichts der Isar Hospital in Munich.

 

Kelly Groucutt 08/09/1945 - 19/02/2009

Kelly Groucutt was a bass player with the Electric Light Orchestra who enjoyed international stardom, as well as hit singles, albums and sell out tours over 40 years.

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.

Jack T Price - 1884 - 11/1965

After winning the 1908 Midland Olympic Marathon Trial (25 miles) in 2-37:13, Jack Price was rated a strong contender for the Olympic title at the 1908 London Olympic Games. At the halfway mark, Price led the field by 200 yards, but his quick early pace forced him to retire soon afterwards.

He was ninth for England in the 1909 International Cross-Country and then turned professional, winning the 1910 Powderhall Marathon on his pro début. Later that year he set a world professional record for 15 miles.

In 1922 he formed the Halesowen Club where discovered and trained Eddie Webster. Jack was among the foresighted group of people who purchased the land off Manor Way which is now home to the Athletics and Cycling Club.

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.

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.