It was Jon's turn to get up first on what was a very frosty Saturday morning, he saw to The Lads, who kept their outdoor adventures to the bare minimum, anxious to get back to the warmth of the house. We drank tea in bed and read till 9am. I stripped and changed the bed, loaded the washing machine and joined Jon for a breakfast of veggie sausage, mushroom and egg sandwich.
Once dressed we walked past the Guru Nanak Gurdwara at the bottom of the road into the area of Walsall known as Palfrey. A rural settlement until the mid-1800s, the name Palfrey is derived from the Latin Paraveredus, meaning a well-bred, light horse and is so called as horses were kept here. Like its neighbour Caldmore, Palfrey is a tangle of Victorian terraces and corner shops and, reflecting the ethnic diversity of the area, there's halal butchers, Indian sweet centres and Afro-Caribbean fruit & veg shops.
The park, then known as St George's Recreation Ground, was established in 1886 and, after a local newspaper campaign for the addition of bandstands in several of Walsall's public parks, the council commissioned George Smith & Sons of the Sun Foundry, Glasgow to build three for a combined cost of £90. The bandstand, erected in 1890, soon became a popular fixture with concerts being performed regularly however, the demand for live events had waned by 1948 and the bandstand was removed.