September 24th, 2016

Meet the folk who created Redditch

Meet the folk who created Redditch Meet the folk who created Redditch
Updated: 12:51 pm, Oct 26, 2015

RESIDENTS across Redditch, young and old alike, are invited to enjoy an exhibition at one of the town’s most historic sites in celebration of people who have influenced the town.

The Redditch Local History Society (RLHS) have joined forces with the borough council to host the Redditch People exhibition at Forge Mill Museumto honour those who have made Redditch the town it is today.

The exhibition will centre around a ‘People’s Wall’ which lists almost 140 names and stories of individuals who have been nominated as Redditch People.

Names span the decades with suggestions including the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, opera singer Gillian Knight and the actor Charles Dance. Councillor Pat Witherspoon is also featured and the ex-Mayor said she is honoured to be amongst such good company.

“I am humbled to be featured among historic business people, talented musicians, Paralympians and rally car drivers,” she said.

“When looked at all together it is truly staggering that all these people came from our little town.”

Free drop-in sessions will be held every Wednesday where visitors can talk to local historians, authors and members of RLHS about these people and see some additional archive material.

Tony Green, secretary of RLHS, said: “Redditch is a town which, despite its size, has always punched above its weight.

“From arts to archaeology, music to manufacturing, we’ve always been ahead of the game and this exhibition is a great opportunity to discover just how great a town Redditch is.”

Residents who would like to make a nomination for someone who is not already featured on the wall, can do so at the exhibition or by contacting RLHS.

The exhibition, which will run from October 29 to November 22, will officially open on a week on Thursday at 11am.

Email contact@redditchhistory or call RLHS on 01527 61434 or 404365 for more information.