September 25th, 2016

A royal flavour to start season in Redditch

A royal flavour to start season in Redditch A royal flavour to start season in Redditch
Updated: 2:37 pm, Jun 02, 2016

THE annual bandstand celebrations strike up in June with a very regal affair in honour of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

And Redditch’s very own royalty, former Mayor Madge Tilsley, will be on hand to officially launch the event.

Next Saturday (June 11) the bandstand on Church Green will be the centre point for a number of musical acts, vintage stalls and themed activities.

The Glamophones will be headlining with jazz and swing songs from 1940s to modern day. Also performing will be singer Sophie Thompson and four choirs from across the Redditch area; Primrose Hospice, Astwood Bank First School, Music in Motion and Redditch Gospel Choir.

Children’s activities will also be on offer as well as ‘picnic treats’ sponsored by local businesses.

Val Wilson, arts and events officer for Redditch Borough Council, said: “Pack your picnics, pop down and enjoy a fantastic afternoon of entertainment. The bandstand programme always brings real community spirit with it, with something for everyone to enjoy. We’re excited about the theme for this year’s June event and hope that visitors will enjoy a very British atmosphere.”

Council leader Councillor Bill Hartnett said: “We couldn’t get the Queen of England down but we got the next best thing, the Queen of Redditch, Madge Tilsley.

“Given that she has met the Queen on several occasions she is sure to make it a right royal occasion in Redditch.”

The event will run from 12noon to 4pm. It is free to attend any of the bandstand events and the programme will take place once a month between June and September.

Outdoor performances are subject to change/cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.

For more information go to contact the Arts and Events team on 01527 534030 or email