TNT’s Amari Bake-Off story

Amari Koryan, a Ladywood school girl has won the prestigious BBC Junior Bake Off final. Over 2,000 children entered and  40 entrants reached the televised heats. Amari won the final which has just been broadcast on CBBC. Being in  front of the TV cameras didn't concern Amari because she is a regular face on TNT's In [...]

The day the Queen made an Easter visit to Birmingham

25 years ago at Easter 1989 the Queen visited St Philip’s Cathedral on Colmore Row to distribute the Maundy Money. This is special coinage which the monarch distributes to retired people in recognition of their service to the church. Ladywood School News (now TNT News) compiled this special report.  

A really big blast from the past!

There was a lot of TNT in the air when a block of flats on Icknield Port Road was demolished. This is now the site of Summerfield Police Station. This is what happened ten years ago in February 2004 when Flint Tower was blown down.

Chamberlain Gardens Improvements

Work is underway to make improvements to the parkland and open space at Chamberlain Gardens. People who live and work in the area would like to see better benches, improved play equipment and repairs to paths. A consultation meeting was held at the Deaf Centre and TNT was there.

The strange story of the Clonakilty Monkey

The strange story of the Clonakilty Monkey

In April 1943 an American bomber crashed landed near Clonakilty on the south west coast of Ireland. The crew and their mascot were saved. The mascot was a monkey and it became a local celebrity. Now a statue has been unveiled to remember the events of 70 years ago.

Fairground and animal memories at Edgbaston Reservoir

TNT has exclusive film of the days when there was a summer funfair at Edgbaston Reservoir and we have spoken to people who remember it . People have spoken of the days when lions, monkeys and other animals were on show there!

In Search of the River Rea

London is on the Thames, Paris on the Seine, Liverpool on the Mersey and Birmingham is on …. the river Rea! This is the story of the growth of Birmingham from humble origins on the river Rea at Digbeth.

Ladywood man remembered in WWII ceremony in Holland

A memorial service and wreath laying ceremony was held on a Dutch naval vessel on the North Sea to remember the 34 crew men who went down when a submarine sank off the coast of Norway in 1940. One of those people honoured was James Spettigue from Monument Road. TNT accompanied his surviving relatives to […]

Fight for the Right: Birmingham Suffragettes

The story of suffragettes in Birmingham and their role in seeking the Vote for women is being told in a new film made by local historians and schoolchildren, supported by the HLF. The story of suffragettes in Birmingham and their role in seeking the Vote for women is being told in a new film made […]

Victoria Square 20th Anniversary

Diana, The Princess of Wales, officially re-opened Victoria Square in May 1993. It was the end of a major redevelopment of the area that TNT followed from the start. We filmed the construction of the ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’, the renovation of the statue of Queen Victoria and look out for a dog called.Ebony. 20 […]

Middle Earth Weekend at Sarehole Mill

A festival honouring the life and work of J R R Tolkien within the area that inspired him during his early childhood was held at Sarehole Mill. TNT went along to meet creatures from Tolkien’s fantasy novels. May 2013

The Tolkien Society

At the Middle Earth Weekend TNT caught up with Shaun Gunner, chairman of the Tolkien Society, and asked him about the appeal of the fantasy author, J R R Tolkien. May 2013

Work to begin at Coffin Furniture Works

The last items of coffin furniture fittings and machinery have been removed from the former Newman Bros. Coffin Furniture makers premises on Fleet Street, Ladywood. Now in store they’ll be returned once a major restoration work of the building has been completed. TNT went along to help pack the last few items and to find […]

Royal visit to Botanical Gardens

Twenty five years ago on 30 April 1988,the Queen Mother visited Birmingham to plant a tree and open an extension at the Botanical Gardens. TNT, then called Ladywood School News, filmed the event. Now a quarter of a century later TNT has returned to see if the tree, just like TNT, has taken root and […]

Perrott’s Folly history revealed by TNT – 2002 Archive

Perrott’s Folly is getting some publicity over plans to improve the building and open it to the public. Ten years ago that was the plan … and we’re still waiting. At the time TNT compiled this report about the history of the building.

Spring Hill Library 120 Years Old

TNT worked with the Ladywood History Group, Year 5 pupils from Oratory R C Primary School, Staff at Spring Hill Library to celebrate the 120th birthday of one of Birmingham’s greatest Victorian buildings. TNT presented a news bulletin based on stories that were in the local press in January of 120 years ago and this was shown to […]

The Pen Trade : Now And Then

In the Victorian era Joseph Gillott was a major producer of pen nibs. The trade declined and virtually disappeared from the Jewellery Quarter where Gillott was based. TNT has found that a new pen manufacturer called Jack Row is producing pens that have made headlines all around the world. You’ll be amazed at this … these […]

We Will Remember Them

Highlights of the 2012 Remembrance celebrations featuring the rededication of the Hall of Memory gardens, the railway service at Moor Street station and the Hall of Memory celebrations from Broad Street. There is also a look back to the removal of the Colonnades from Broad Street in 1990

Ladywood Pool Plan To ‘Inspire A generation’

We know you’ve all heard this before, but … there is a new plan for a swimming pool to replace Monument Road Baths. The olympic pool plan for a site near Nelson School has sunk with out trace, but the latest plan for the Icknield Port Loop includes a community sports area that could well […]