Saturday, September 10, 2005
The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery held their Open Day on a day destined to be ruined by outbursts of torrential downfall. However the weather did nothing to dampen the determination or spirits of the members and visitors.
Key Hill cemetery is Birmingham's oldest public cemetery and it is the final resting place of many of Birmingham's most famous people... Joseph Chamberlain, Charles Edge, Alfred Bird to name just a few. Sadly the cemetery has fallen into disrepair.. the gate-posts need repairs, litter is a growing problem, many of the graves are damaged and the trees need attention as they too are adding to the damage.
The Open Day was intended to raise public awareness of the plight of the cemetery and to raise money to assist with restoration. Visitors were also encouraged to join the group.
The Friends web-site is at http://goo.gl/krYDp
The highlight of the day was a visit and talk by James Lloyd whose great-grandfather Joseph Chamberlain is buried at Key Hill.
I have posted some pictures of the Open Day showing some of the exhibitors, the state of the cemetery itself, what can be achieved with a lot of work and money and some photographs of the members themselves.
7th July 1906, Ward End Park, Birmingham, 70th birthday celebrations for Joseph Chamberlain.
The chap on the left (in the light short jacket) is John Charles Fisher, Master of Ceremonies. In the centre (wearing the top-hat) is Joseph Chamberlain. The lady in the middle is Joseph's third wife Mary.
10th September 2005, Key Hill Cemetery Open Day, Birmingham.
The unsuitably-dressed chap on the left is moi, David Fisher, great-grandson of John Charles Fisher. On the right, James Lloyd, great-grandson of Joseph Chamberlain. The lady in the middle is Wendy Partridge.