September 24th, 2016

Redditch residents out in force for Queen’s birthday celebration

Updated: 9:35 am, Jun 17, 2016

THE Queen’s birthday celebrations brought the crowds out in force for the Redditch Bandstand event with people out to enjoy themselves come wind, rain or shine.

A packed line-up saw acts young and old take to the stage while headliners, retro girl group The Glamophones, had them up and dancing.

The event was opened by borough grandee Madge Tillesley, wearing her MBE with pride, accompanied by the town’s Mayor Councillor Joe Baker.

The entertainment was then non-stop backed by a host of static displays, including a film of the 1983 visit by the Queen to Redditch shown by Redditch Local History Society.

Plus there was the Yum Tum Club showcasing easy, healthy food, a display showing migration to Redditch and much more – plus the Brownies did a roaring trade with their tea, coffee and cake stall.

“This is such a fantastic venue and we are so lucky to have it here in Redditch and despite the awful weather we’ve had there are so many people here to support it, which is fantastic,” said borough Mayor Coun Baker.

Mrs Tillesley added: “It’s been a marvellous day. It’s been lovely seeing so many people here enjoying the day and the children have done us proud and all the groups who have taken part. They have all been tremendous.”

Council leader Coun Bill Hartnett (Lab, Church Hill) said: “The atmosphere has been great and these events just get better and better. Our thanks go to Sue Yeng who organised it and to everyone who took part and who came along and had a really good time.”