THE Redditch community bandstand festival has been hailed as the best ever after crowds thronged to the sun-kissed event on the town centre’s Church Green.
A celebration of the diverse cultures and communities of the borough, it brought them all together in a glorious display of unity.
Adding to the attraction was the return of Wilson’s funfair after a seven year absence bringing in even greater crowds, sparking calls for the return of the town’s much missed carnival parade through the streets.
“This is the best community event to date, just look at the crowds! You couldn’t ask for more, music, dance, food, people out enjoying themselves and sunshine, plus the funfair,” said Mayor Pattie Hill.
“This is absolutely what community is all about – it’s sensational.”
The attractions included food from around the world including sizzling Polish sausages, tasty samosas, healthy Yum Tum Club noodles and delicious dishes from Jamaica with rum cake for afters.
The towns different communities also put on dance displays with performances from Poland and Kerala, plus Bhangra dancing and Zumba to name a few.
There was music too with a variety of different styles and genres to enjoy the curtain finally being brought down by the fabulous Otis Irie closing the show with Bob Marley’s classic ‘Waiting in Vain’.
Council Leader Bill Hartnett (Lab, Church Hill) said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant, the best we’ve had, and having the funfair back as well has been tremendous.
“Tommy Wilson (of Wilsons Funfair) wanted this weekend and the dates coincided and it has worked really really well.”a
Coun Brandon Clayton (Con, Astwood Bk, F’ham) said: “It has been fantastic, and brings back memories of when we used to have the carnival and we should definitely be carrying this festival on.”
Look out for next week’s Redditch Standard for more photos and stories.