About This Project

The theme of this year’s November Roadshow was “The Lost Industries of Smethwick”.

Sadly there are too many of them.

There were show boards depicting many of the lost factories & names Like GKN, Birmid, M&B etc.

We held a small but enthusiastic Birmid Apprentices Reunion, featuring Old Boys from as far afield as Cornwall, Somerset & Shropshire.

This year’s guest speaker was Pat Cowdell who re-told many interesting stories of his rise to the very top of his chosen sport.

He brought along his Lonsdale Belt which drew much admiration from many of our visitors.