5 September 2020

Rare Bromsgrove Banshee motorbike and 1920s sidecar from town shoe shop to go on display

A RARE Bromsgrove-built Banshee motorbike and a 1920s sidecar from a town shoe shop will be outside Ollie’s Eatery next Saturday, September 12.

Brighton’s Shoes used to be on the High Street from the early 1900s to the 1970s, where the coffee shop is now.

The aluminium brogue sidecar was crafted by Alf Morris in 1923 for Brighton’s and, along with the bike was used to collect and deliver repaired shoes.

The Banshee and sidecar belong to the Norton Collection Museum.

Trustee Dennis Norton said: “It is a fantastic part of the town’s history.

“Alf made the sidecar in his workshop at the back of Appleby’s the ironmonger.

“Brighton’s was very important – during the war years because of the demand for shoes and repairs the firm had 18 cobblers working there.”

The motorbike will be outside the shop for people to see and have their photographs taken with it from 9am.

Our thanks to The Bromsgrove Standard for allowing us to reprint this article