Poetic Writing of ROBBIE KENNEDY BENNETT © www.rkbpoetry.co.uk Born in Wolverhampton of English and Scottish parentage. He grew up on the Rough Hills Estate area of the town and his Scottish ancestral roots are in the Kingdom of Fife and Dundee. The author is now residing in Codsall, Staffordshire. Drawings, pictures and writing are copyright of the author Robbie Kennedy Bennett.

The Rough Hills Tavern, Rooker Avenue.

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© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

The Monkey House (Moulders Arms), Kent Road.

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The Black Horse, Thompson Avenue.

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Pictures are of pubs near to where I grew up in Wolverhampton. Two days after taking the photographs our local paper, The Express and Star, reported metal theft etcetera from the Black Horse. According to the report, in May 2006 this was the first pub in the city to have its licence revoked. This once magnificent building has fallen into disrepair with local residents and campaigners awaiting the council’s decision regarding its future.

The Day of The Pub © Robbie Kennedy Bennett

© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

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We went for a drink with our Willie
Down Monmore Green one night,
Willie was over from Toronto
On the radio that night was a heavyweight fight.

A Banks’s pub was the New Inn
At the bottom of Dixon Street,
There once was a traffic island there
Where the Ettingshall and Bilston road does meet.

At the bar we were when the bout begun
Joe Bugner was fighting Richard Dunne,
For the British Heavyweight Title crown
Dunne in the first round defeated and down.

Nineteen seventy six
And because of that fight I remember the night
When we went for a drink with our Willie
Times flying by all right.

Trams are now back in fashion
And the island it is no more,
The Metro does make a commuting snake
A few yards from the New Inn door.

And I always think of our Willie
When I’m driving by in my car,
Yes I always think of that night with our Willie
And Bugner and Dunne at the bar.

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© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

In October of nineteen seventy-six a relation of ours named Willie was over from Canada. This one night we all went out for a drink in the New Inn. It is located in the Monmore Green area of Wolverhampton where the Steelway and Laystall works are. In recent years the Metro line to Wolverhampton and Birmingham has been operating.

I recall Willie being very smart in his suit and tie and with a smiling face and a gentle nature. Looking back it must have been a unique visit from Willie and our dad was chuffed that he had a relative staying there.

While I was buying a round of drinks at the bar I could hear the fight start between Joe Bugner and Richard Dunne. I took two or three drinks over to family who were sitting at a table and returned to the bar for the remaining glasses. By the time I had got back to the bar there had been a first round knock out and the fight was over.

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The Bilston Road for us kids from the Rough Hills was a kind of boundary. Beyond that boundary was the road to the East Park where they had a band stand and a paddling pool. Before all that was the Speedway where we could hear the roars of the bikes. The last time I was in the New Inn there was pictures relating to the Speedway on the wall.

During Willie’s stay in Wolverhampton we also had a get together at the Butlers Arms where a relation on my mothers side was the licensee. The Pub has long been demolished and a supermarket now occupies the land. At the time I was working with my old pal Len (see Old Len Muir Was Funny) who also had relations living in Toronto. I introduced Len to Willie and if my memory serves me correct Willie knew them.

Upon researching family members about Willie’s visit, Joan in Louisiana infomed me he had lived in Canada since 1953 and that it was she who gave him mom and dads address in England and he was glad he had came.

OUR WILLIE © Robbie Kennedy Bennett


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