July 6, 2012 09:00 Pictures from the past - July 6 This week's collection of nostalgia pictures from the pages of the Shropshire Star. 1 / 5 “I was rummaging through the loft the other day,” Ron Honeywell of Telford tells us, “and found this picture of the first S4 type steam tipping wagon built by the Sentinel works at Shrewsbury, and it was bought by H.A.L. Price of Dawley in October 1933. “It spent most of its life transporting coal from Dawley to the Sentinel works. “I just wondered if there was anyone alive today who had any memories or knew anything about H.A.L. Price, of Dawley.” We can help with a little extra ourselves. It saw service up to the war, later became derelict, and after some twists and turns was bought and restored by Vince Goold, of Camerton, Bath, in 1978. These ladies are waiting for a VIG – Very Important Gardener. This photo was e-mailed in by Janis Gwynn, who says: “It was taken when I was sales office manager at Oakworth Greenhouses in Donnington in 1963. “The photo was taken when we were preparing for the visit of Percy Thrower to open the first of a very new range of Oakworth buildings. The ladies in the picture are as follows: front row from the left: Janis Gwynn (nee Bosworth) and Dianne Bentley. “Back row from the left – Elaine Leyland, unknown, Sheila Booton, Wendy Bucknell, Mandy (surname unknown), Maureen Gilbert and Rhoda Shaw (nee Lewis).” Now here’s an innovative use for an old and unwanted bicycle. And it does make you wonder whether the caption on the front of this old postcard from around 100 years ago reading ‘Modern Coal Pit’ at The Nabb, St Georges, was meant ironically. One possibility is that the photo dates from the 1912 miners’ strike, and that these are not miners but some of the ordinary people who were so desperate for coal that they searched on pit mounds and exposed seams. Or perhaps, in this case, fashioned their own coal mining operation. That, though, is speculation – if you know better, feel free to drop us a line. Tweet This week's collection of nostalgia pictures from the pages of the Shropshire Star.