Peaky Tours #PeakyBlinders
Birmingham has excelled at many things over the last couple of hundred years: constructing canals, building Spitfires that helped turn the tide during the second world war, manufacturing cars, beating people up on racecourses and slashing people with razor blades that were embedded in caps! In fact we were so good at the last two that 100 years on the BBC decided to make a series about it – Peaky Blinders.
The actors may not quite have had the accents right, and some of it may have been filmed in Liverpool, but who cares? it’s brought worldwide attention to Birmingham (even Snoop Dog loves it…!)
The series has gripped many of us, none more so than Adrian Barrows. He decided that what Birmingham needed was Peaky Tours, so in collaboration with John Moore and Professor Carl Chinn, made the idea a reality. About a month ago, Brumpic received an email from Adrian telling us he wanted to invite us to something we’d be interested in. “It involves Birmingham, history and images” he said. “You’ll love it!”
To be fair, we did love it. It’s an hour and a half walk around the back streets of Deritend, listening to Carl Chinn tell us everything he knows about the world of the Peaky Blinders, stopping on route whilst Carl points out the spot that a man was beaten to within an inch of his life a century earlier. Carl Chinn’s passion shines through as he tells tales of London kingpins, skirmishes on racecourses up and down the country, and even Al Capone and the Chicago Outfit.
This is a fellow that’s passionate about the history of our city and we could have listened to him all night. The tour ended in the Anchor with faggots, mash, mushy peas and a pint of Peaky Blinder bitter. The conversation carried on into the night as Carl finished his talk, taking us right up to the death of Billy Kimber, Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomons.
We highly recommend the Peaky Tour. Even if Peaky Blinders isn’t your cup of tea, there’s more than enough here to keep you interested. The tour brings to life the back streets of Deritend.
The tours will range from the basic £12.95 walking tour – taken by local drama students as demand rises – up to £39.95 private and corporate tours which include a meal of faggots, mash and peas at the Anchor and a Q&A with Carl Chinn.