The Plastic Hippo

July 2, 2013

I`ve never been to West Brom

Filed under: Birmingham,Sandwell,Society,Walsall,West Bromwich,Wolverhampton — theplastichippo @ 4:12 pm
The Public - West Bromwich

The Public – West Bromwich

One of the most endearing qualities of people in the West Midlands and the Black Country is their unselfconscious sense of geography and the pride of identity defined by place.

No artificial gerrymandered lines on a map imposing parliamentary constituencies or council wards can divide communities into north or south or east or west or even central. Far from being a vast, sprawling conurbation with Birmingham at the centre, this part of the world is covered with thousands of distinct villages. The good people of, say, Willenhall will bristle if described as being a native of Walsall or Wolverhampton. There persists a good-natured rivalry between the inhabitants of Upper Gornal and Lower Gornal and the folks of Sutton Coldfield will choke on their G and T`s if you dare to suggest that they are, in fact, Brummies. Even within established towns and cities, territorial identity prevails. Divided only by the Hagley Road, Ladywood and Edgbaston could be a million miles apart and Bloxwich considers itself an independent republic. I have yet to hear a single living soul admit to the fact that they live in Sandwell. (more…)

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