Monday, 9 January 2012

Top West Midlands cop writes book about Teddy Boys and the Birmingham smogs of the 50s and 60s

A FORMER top Midland cop has taken a trip down memory lane and penned a book featuring his memories of Teddy boys and the great smogs of Birmingham 50 and 60 years ago.

Ex-head of West Midlands CID John Plimmer, who previously wrote a column for the Sunday Mercury, hopes to release his work Street Urchins in the autumn.

It takes a look at the days of terraced homes, Teddy boys, children in rags and the great smogs that once engulfed Birmingham.

But his memories are not tainted by the mists of time.

As John, aged 64, explains, times were not always good back then.

He said: “I was brought up in Nechells when it was all back-to-back houses. I was a bookie’s runner at the age of seven. They bought you a new pair of pumps every Easter so you could show the police a clean pair of heels.

“It’s those kind of memories I’ve tried to rekindle. The book didn’t take much research – the material was all in my head.”

Read the full article by Mike Lockley in Birmingham Mail online

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