ANTHONY ARTHUR WARBY
Anthony Arthur Warby was born on the 9th January 1950 to parents Arthur Warby and June 'Rose' Edmead (see birth certificate below). At the time of his birth his parents were living at 55 Grosvenor Road, Lower Gronal, Sedgley. Anthony was known by his family and friends as Tony. At the time of his birth his father was a Machine Fitter at Baggeridge Brickworks and his mother, who had previously worked at the 'Scrim', stopped work to become a full time mother and housewife. Tony was the first of six children born to Rose and Art. He was baptised by Walter Hooley at St. Paul's Protestant Church in Lower Gornal on the 12th February 1950 (see baptism certificate below).
Tony was educated at the Roberts street Infants School and Junior School. He past his 11+ and was awarded a Scholarship. He spent the remainder of his school years at High Arcal Grammar School. It was hard for the council house kid to fit in with the children from wealthy families. A will to succeed and obtain the trappings of wealth was spawned during his years at the Grammar School.
It was around this time in his life that Tony wanted to become a 'Rock Star'. He hungered for everything stardom offered ... money, women, travel, fast and fast cars. To get his career off the ground he started to mix with the 'right people'. He set about helping to organize the Youth Club with Vic Green. They called it 'The Phoenix' as it rose from the disused and redundant cookery block at the Red Hall School. He frequented the Ruiton Youth Club known as the 'Quarry Club'. His love of music and the need to mix it with the big names of show bizz (although all were relatively unknowns at this stage in their careers) saw Tony travelling to see their gigs ... only as far as Wolverhampton ... but it was travelling none the less. Here he got to see such up and coming artists of the likes of The beatles, The Who, The Hollies, Led Zeplin, Cream (Eric Claprton), Rod Stewart in the Small faces, Jemi Hendrix, Jimmy Cliff and the Inbetweens (later known as Slade). The last band was Tony's greatest brush with stardom ... He tells of a time when he was running the Disco Tech at Ellowes Hall (he thinks it was) when his microphone mysteriously dissappeared when the Inbetweens (aka Slade) made an appearance there. Tony holds the belief (rightly or wrongly) that it was his microphone that gave the Inbetweens their big break inot showbizz and that if, on that day, he had not lost his microphone that it would have been him that become famous in the Rock'n'Roll world and not Slade. Tony was delt a devasting blow and the course of his life was altered dramtically. He lost heart and left behind his dream of stardom and decided to become a Mechanical Engineer instead. In the year 2009 if our neighbors listen carefully they can hear that it is true that old rockers never die and the music lives on in Tony to this day (see photograph on right below).
His adolescent years were interlaced with leisure activities of the time. Tony's love of fishing can be traced back to his Uncle Ken Warby who first took him fishing. he caught his forst fish using a bamboo rod with a split cane top. A collectors item nowdays. He would devide his time between fishing in the Marl Hole on the Himley Road, Pensnett Pools and local Canals. When he was old enough to venture further afield he would fish the River Severn.
A youthful and much frowned upon activity of the youngsters of the time was for Tony and his friends to 'high jack' and ride the coal trucks (like that seen in photograph above). The rail line ran from Baggeridge Colliery to the Round Oak Steel Works and the coal trucks would travel to and fro. The local lads would find adventure in jumping aboard a caol truck and taking the wild ride down the line. When the truck hit the up-hill incline, at the Marl Hole, the boys would jump free of the trucks and to safety before being seen or caught.
'Scrumping' was another frowned upon but considered normal activity of the time. Tony and his friends could not resist playing their part in the scrumping activities in the Village. A local couple, Jo and Ester Truck, who lived opposite The Fiddle, had a Damson tree. The local rogues scrumped most of the fruit that ever grew on this tree. This was also the era of the local plod - being Sargeant Pask. He had the power to frighten the living daylights out of young thieves and holigans. Fright alone was never enough for Sergeant Pask and he somehow arranged for further punishment to be waiting for the boys when they returned home. When tony was not occupied pinching fruit from little old ladies he was helping them cross the street. Tony was a Scout and at the age of ten years and ten months he was awarded his house orderley badge on the 30th October 1960 (see photograph above). The examiner was his mother J R Warby and his Cubmaster was P Jackson.
Having abandoned his dreams of stardom and fame Tony (centre of photograph above) became a family man. He married his first wife Lynne Franks (top left in photograph above) in 1969 and a daughter, Donna Lynne (bottom center left of photograph above) was born in 1971. Tony, Lynne and Donna emigrated to Australia in 1972. The marriage did not survive. Lynne remarried and returned to England taking Donna with her. Tony married a second time in 1976 to Joanne Claire Hooper (top right of photograph above) - the author of this website - Marking Time - and a son, David Anthony Warby (bottom center right of photograph above), was born to them in 1972. Tony's six grandchildren can be seen to the left or right of their parent (eg Donna or David) in the photograph above.
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