Lamp Tavern Live – Tickets – Rainbreakers – Friday 7th February 2020

We are delighted to welcome back to the Lamp the Headline Act of Upton 2019, the incredible Rainbreakers! Tickets only £8.00 Your tickets will be available for collection on the door on the night of the gig. If you would … Continued

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Lamp Taver Live – Tickets – Catfish – Friday 31st July 2020

Our 2020 programme continues with an extra date to bring you top band Catfish who make their first appearance at the Lamp. This date replaces their January gig which had to be cancelled due to illness. Tickets £10.00 Your tickets … Continued

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The New Brutalism – Shaun Hand and Tom Hicks
21st Century Britain. A Brutal, uncaring place marching headlong into fascism? The photographs of Tom Hicks capture the everyday scenes of urban decay, the sort of deterioration we’ve watched as it worsens year in, year out, the familiar, yet uncared for. The poetry of Shaun Hand provide companion pieces to these visual images; verbal images of a society in decay. We’ve watched it worsen year in, year out, the familiar, yet uncared for. This is the New Brutalism, a mix of stark realism and dark humour and profound statement from the collaboration between poet and photographer.  
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Lamp Tavern Live – Tickets – Eliana Cargnelutti – Saturday 25th January 2020

As part of her UK tour, we are pleased to welcome Elaina Cargnelutti to the Lamp for our second January gig. Tickets £8.00

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Lamp Tavern Live – Tickets – Chris Bevington Organistation – Friday 22nd May 2020

We welcome the magnificent Chris Bevington Organisation back to the Lamp Tickets 10.00 Your tickets will be available for collection on the door on the night of the gig. If you would like to receive them through the post, please … Continued

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Those Were The Days – Carol Hathorne
The first part of nationally acclaimed author Carol Hathorne’s autobiography, SLURRY & STRAWBERRIES was published by the Black Country Society in 2002 and covered the early years of her Tipton childhood.  Carol went on to write a further two parts, BREAD PUDDING DAYS, and A WOODBINE ON THE WALL covering her teenage years.   In 2006, The Kates Hill Press brought out FIVE MINUTES LOVE, bringing together in one volume all three parts of this incredible story as a comb bound publication. It was made  available in paperback in 2011. In the meantime Carol Hathorne continued with her story, writing ALL SHOOK UP which was published by the Kates Hill Press in booklet form in 2007. The final two parts of he her autobiography are, UP, UP AND AWAY, and ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. The three part to the story are brought together in THOSE WERE THE DAYS.   ALL SHOOK UP takes the author into the world of work and relationships.   UP, UP AND AWAY wherein Carol Hathorne becomes a published author from a youth culture fuelled by Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan and caught up in the antagonisms of the time. A first trip abroad completes the section.   ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE with Carol working as a reporter for West Bromwich News, her emergence into adult life.   At turns moving, endearing and funny, THOSE WERE THE DAYS is a must for anyone interested in the social history of the  Black Country, and for anyone for whom those were indeed the days.  
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Chain-Makers, Chapels and Pubs – Peter Head
Cyprus based author and son of Cradley, Peter Head, takes us on a journey spanning two centuries. It is the Journey his family took from the countryside of Shropshire to the industrial heartland of Cradley where much of the world’s chain was being forged. It is a story of Chain-makers, Chapels and Pubs as some family members became ministers, and others became publicans. In charting the story of his own family Peter Head tells the history of the most important chain-making town in the world from its infancy to its post industrial present. Born into a family passionate about the Black Country dialect, the final part of the book contains the most comprehensive glossary of Black Country words and phrases since Jon Ravens Black Country Waerd Books of the late 1970s   Includes: Many Previously unpublished photographs Glossary of Black Country words
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Lone Wolf – Len Webster
Brought up in Smethwick in the close packed streets a stone's throw from West Bromwich Albion's ground, Len Webster first worked as a local journalist before gaining English degrees then going on to become a teacher and lecturer. He has travelled extensively, particularly in south east Asia which has been the setting for much of his published work. In Lone Wolf Len recalls the streets of his home town with a fondness demonstrating that distance either in miles or years in no way diminishes closeness with family, friends and familiar places. Len's other works include Beneath the Blue Moon and Hell-riders. While living in Singapore, he was a finalist in the Asiaweek short story competition.
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