Tuesday, May 30

WME Flickr Focus - May 2017

Whitsun for me is one of the defining weeks of the year when summer is fast approaching with (hopefully) blue skies and soaring temperatures to match. The transition from May into June also prompts me to summon up another of my monthly summaries, so here we go again with more photostream progress...

I shall start this brisk bulletin with WME Warwickshire, latterly the proud purveyor of some Warwick Castle wares. I've focused on the armour and the waxwork exhibits so far rather than the formidable architecture, although the sight of King Henry VIII in all his glory is not one to trifle with. The castle content is joined by fledgling albums showcasing Southam (the Bowling Green pub), Kenilworth (the Virgins & Castle) and The Lakes railway station.

A shuffle through the shires takes me next to WME Worcestershire where Stourport stakes its own claim as May's biggest photo contributor. The Treasure Island amusement park, some ruined church walls, a mysterious cave in Wilden and a couple of pub signs certainly make an impression while the town's canal heritage is evident in photos of York Street Lock and a helter-skelter basin view. Class 323 trains at Redditch and a peek at Pershore's station sign complete the county's haul on this occasion.

Where to now dear reader? How about WME Birmingham for a stop at Star City so we can spot the Vue Cinema, or perhaps a wander over to West Heath Park? WME Shropshire can offer us Maund's Garage at Wem plus some simple pub signage courtesy of Shifnal's Anvil, WME Staffordshire then maintaining that theme with some traditional Holden's examples from the Swan at Whiston - anywhere that proclaims 'Golden Glow on sale here' is always likely to secure my custom! 

WME Solihull and WME Sandwell have both been rather quiet in terms of 2017 updates but make sure to get in on the act this time around. Solihull squeezes through a Salter Street church carving and a glimpse of Robin Hood Cemetery (not forgetting a Widney Manor station sign) whereas Sandwell busies itself with Tipton Conservative Club. I should definitely note that even WME Coventry has sparked back to life, its 2017 debut offering being the Jolly Colliers sign at Potters Green.

That leaves me quite neatly with some Black Country bits and pieces on which to finish. WME Dudley collects a fossil find from the Wrens Nest nature reserve, WME Walsall picks up April's Pelsall thread by adding in more pub photos (the Railway and the Fingerpost) then WME Wolverhampton samples St Jude's Church before confirming the Polski Sklep fate of the former Waggon & Horses on Cannock Road. May is thus done and dusted for another year and the spotlight now falls upon June to see what the next few weeks can bring our way...

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