The impression of the High St for my painting is taken from several photos of the High St taken in the 1950’s before I was born apart from the traffic it good to see nothing has changed during my childhood before Mell Square was built my happy memories of going shopping with mum on the High St it was more like a village and not how it is today. Mum would cycle to the village with little me sitting in green chair mounted on the bike.
What stays with me most when I was a toddler mum was ill in bed mum had a home visit from Doctor Craig following this mum sent me out to pick up some food and her prescription. Walking down Lode Lane into the village and picking up her prescription at the chemist near where McDonalds is today for my mum was too ill to go with me, he questioned me why I was by myself I was scared he wouldn’t give me the medicine to make mummy better.
Big improvement was made when the council turned the High St into pedestrian, until Touchwood was built the High Street remained much as it was like in the 1950’s. It’s lovely to look back on the old photos of Solihull.
The painting is named after a Solihull band The Sherwoods Between September 1963 and January 1965, The Sherwoods appeared regularly at Solihull Civic Hall as principal support band to The Applejacks also from Solihull who soared up the British charts with their hit record 'Tell Me When'. The Sherwoods successfully toured the Germany