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~ Folklore ~
The legend of the 'Pig-On-The-Wall'.
Mention Gornal to a Black Countryman, and it won't be long before "where they put the pig-on-the-wall to watch the band go by" crops up in the conversation.
Perhaps the tale indicates the local humour rather than any simple-mindedness of the natives.
Such was the strength of the local legend, the Bricklayers Arms in Kent Street was re-named 'The Pig On The Wall' in 1985 to commemorate it.
Recently some have questioned the validity of the Gornal pig legend and offered an alternative explanation in that the tale does not originate from Gornal at all, however the following version strongly denies any such notion.
This account reproduced with kind permission of Jack Falstaff.
The Village Where They Put The Pig On The Wall To See The Band Go By.
Over the years all three Gornals have had this sobriquet attached to them, often in derision, which is a pity - not that any native would take offence, for we have broad backs - but because it all started as our own private in-joke. But that was so long ago that the reality has largely been lost in the mists of time.
The Pig on the Wall story is true enough, and it actually happened in Gornal Wood (though less favoured places may wish to lay spurious claims.. but I wouldn't know about that).
The trouble is there are too few natives left to tell the tale, and, of the few there are,
too many have none of the actual facts. It did happen a long time ago, before even my seventy-eight
years began, but here is the story told to me when I was a little lad by a lady,
now long dead, who was actually an eye-witness.
And that's the true story. The proof can be found in a photographic postcard made by the Sedgley Chemist, Mr Eggington, who got the owner of the pig to reconstruct the scene by propping his pig's front feet on the wall for the camera a few days later.
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