Doorstep History programme 44 June 2019 – Part One

This programme is presented from the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas on the day we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge led the tributes. Local veterans speak to us about their experiences of being on the Normandy beaches during June and July 1944. (function(d, s, id) { [...]

Doorstep History Programme 41 October 2018

This extra length edition of Doorstep History features the remarkable story of Ladywood born Thomas Waldin who went to fight in World War I.  He was severely injured on the Western Front and invalided home. The story of what happened to him in the trenches, and during and after his recovery represents a great example [...]

Doorstep History programme 40 September 2018

This edition of Doorstep History comes from the Hall of Memory as it reopens after being closed during the work to redesign Centenary Square.  We feature the reopening ceremony and look at the history of the building. Cllr Ian Ward, leader of the city council and Paul Ellis, curator of the Hall of Memory give [...]

Doorstep History Programme 38 – July 2018

This edition of Doorstep History comes to you from The Roundhouse, the former stables on Sheepcote Street. We look at the history of the building and learn about the exciting plans for the future. A recent visitor to the stables was Joey, best known as the star of the Hippodrome's stage production of Warhorse, a [...]

Doorstep History October 2017

This edition of Doorstep History is presented from the police lock up on Steelhouse Lane and looks at the plans for the future of the building and includes interviews with attendees at an Open Day held in October 2017. There is a feature on PC Snipe, a policeman who killed whilst serving his community 120 [...]

Commemorating the death of Ladywood policeman 120 years ago

The bravery of our police officers has very much been in the news lately, and current officers of the law follow in the footsteps of those who performed their duties  in what we often assume were more gentle times. 120 years ago, in July 1897, a Birmingham police man, PC George Snipe, was killed whilst [...]

Somme 100 Programme 1

Somme 100 is a series of programmes produced by TNT News and Big Centre TV to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The build up begins with news bulletins from the last week of June 1916 using real news stories from the newspapers of the period. The programme is [...]

Deaf Awareness Week

The British Deaf Association has released a new film called 'Power in our Hands' which looks at how people in the deaf community have been portrayed over the years.  We met up with BDA historian, John Hay and looked at some films from the 1950s taken at their headquarters in Granville Street, Lee Bank. May 2016 (function(d, s, id) [...]

WWII Dornier

A German WWII Dornier aircraft is being cleaned up after it was lifted from the seabed. A former Ladywood schoolboy , Ken Collins, recalls seeing a Dornier over Spring Hill, Ladywood in 1940.

Chamberlain Gardens outdoor gym

The Chamberlain Gardens outdoor gym has proved to be really popular since it opened in May. TNT met Ladywood boxer, Craig Cunningham and he gave a few tips on how to use the equipment.

Remembering the World Cup of 2006

The World Cup is underway. here’s a chance to relive the highs and lows, well lows and lows actually, of World Cup 2006, as seen in this dramatic reconstruction, filmed at the Stadio de Oratory in, er, Ladywood.

Coffin Works Update

This is the second in our series ‘AJ Meets’. Ajwannie visited the Coffin Works on Fleet Street and spoke to Suzanne Carter and Sarah Hayes. They are busy getting the building ready for a grand opening in September. This will be Birmingham’s latest visitor attraction, centred around a works where metal attachments such as crosses […]

Community Clean-up isn’t rubbish!

Residents and friends of the St Mark’s estate near the National Indoor Arena held a community event at which around 200 bags of rubbish and litter were collected.

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.

Coffin Works to be featured on BBC1

The Coffin Works, on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter, a building which is being turned into a museum, is to be featured in a television documentary on BBC1 called Restoring England’s Heritage. It is to be broadcast on BBC1 on Thursday 5 December 2013 at 7.30 pm. TNT News met the presenter of the […]

Search for relatives of sunken sub crew ends in Ladywood!

A Ladywood man has been identified as being a member of crew on a Dutch submarine that sank off Norway in 1940. A major exploration is underway to find the wreck of the submarine O13. TNT has been invited to a wreath laying ceremony on a Royal Dutch Navy vessel in July.

Ladywood man who survived crash in Lancaster bomber

This month is the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. TNT met a Ladywood man, Ron Needle, who was a rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber which flew on similar raids across Germany. He survived a wartime crash and later met up with the people who rescued him from his burning plane.

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 […]

May Procession at Oratory Church

A huge May Procession was held at Oratory Church on Sunday 5 May 2013. TNT presenter Mina Nixon had the honour of being the May Queen and she was in the procession that toured the streets of a sunny Ladywood.