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Peaky Blinders: The Real Story Cancelled


The fictional Peaky Blinders as we know them, are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps. But who were the real Peaky Blinders? And did they really exist?

Well-known social historian and author of Peaky Blinders: The Real Story, Carl Chinn has spent decades searching them out, one of whom was his own great grandfather, and, like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in the back-streets of Birmingham in the 1920s. In this gripping heritage talk, Carl shines a light on the rarely reported struggles of the working class in one of the great cities of the British Empire before the First World War. The story continues after 1918 as some Peaky Blinders transformed into the vicious and violent Birmingham Gang, led by the real Billy Kimber, they fought a bloody war with the real London gangsters Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomon over the lucrative protection rackets extorting money from bookmakers across the booming post-war racecourses of Britain.

Friday 3 2.00PMJuly

Spoken Word

Selly Manor

Maple Road

B30 2AE Birmingham GB

0121 472 0199

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