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I include a short item this month about my stairlift as I am fairly sure there is someone in your family who has immobility problems and my experience may help.
Not long now to the JQ Festival – see the details inside and if you haven’t done so – book your space and make a note in your diary to visit this once a year event in The Golden Square.
1988 – Looking Back on 30 Years
- A very sad start to 1988 was the death of my husband Ken who was also my business partner and well known and respected in the Quarter – he was bookkeeper to over 30 small businesses in and around the Quarter.
- New BJA Headquarters: BJA started their move into their new building in Vyse Street.
- Parking in Crisis: That year, parking was in crisis after the Council took over the parking wardens in the Quarter, treating it as part of the City Centre. I called an emergency meeting in the new BJA offices, which was crowded and included top people from businesses, the BJA, Assay Office, Police, and the Council. I took the chair. The result of this meeting was a new parking review tailored to the ‘special’ needs of the area.
- The Jewellery Quarter Association Ltd: After the Parking meeting, the Jewellery Quarter Association was formed to give a stronger ‘voice’ to the area, with myself elected as Hon. President/Hon. Secretary.
- The JQA was launched at Peel Place in July 1988.
- ‘URBED’: That year. Ted Manders and his team (URBED) came to the area to introduce tourism and inspire interest in its heritage. They set up Jewellery Quarter Action and the first directional signs to the Jewellery Quarter appeared. They organised the first JQ Festival which was combined with the annual Steam Festival and generally got the area cleaned up.
- New Discovery Centre: Help called for the trade to help set up this proposed Discovery Centre. (Later Museum of the Jewellery Quarter)
Tours: First ‘Middle of England’ guided tour by Jim McPhillips.
- ‘History & Guide to the Jewellery Quarter Issue 1’: First edition of the ‘History & Guide to The Jewellery Quarter’ was published by YBA Publications.
Victoria Works: £1M re-development of Victoria Works announced.
- First Cash Dispenser: Barclays Bank introduce the first cash dispenser.
- Bang!: Burglars try to blow up Key Jewellery in Warstone Lane.
- METRO/CENTRO Station: That year, I was excited when hearing the railway line was to be re-opened but not so happy about its proposed location – at the bottom of Pitsford Street. I insisted it should be in Vyse Street in the heart of the JQ – and won!
- Chamberlain Clock: The state of the Chamberlain started to cause concern.
I think you will agree that the year 1988 was indeed a busy year.