September 26th, 2016

Team spirit beats the rain

Updated: 10:24 am, May 07, 2015

MUSIC, rain and hope for the future marked the end of a week of activities celebrating 50 years of Redditch New Town.

Despite heavy rainfall on Saturday (August 2) causing the community parade and bandstand event to be cancelled, organisers were determined not to let the festivities become a total washout with many of those involved forming part of a new line-up inside the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

Redditch Rock Choir and members of Redditch Day Centre performed in The Hub area along with Redditch Chinese Association.

The Royal Enfield Owners Club, 37th Signal Regiment, Vintage Trax, Redditch History Society and the mascots for Nando’s and the centre were also on show with Bromsgrove town crier Kevin Ward ensuring the crowds were aware of where events were taking place. There was also some Mucky Monkey face painting to enjoy.

The first Redditch Music Festival has also been hailed as a huge success with more than 30 bands playing over three days at nine venues around the town centre.

The week ended with a service of thanksgiving led by Rev Paul Lawlor at St Stephen’s Church. Those present made an act of commitment through a special prayer for Redditch.

A giant chalk drawing created by Redditch artist David Yarnell has also been drawn on the pavement outside St Stephen’s Church.

It brought the curtain down on the So Redditch Festival which included a Redditch Monopoly tournament, history exhibition, street theatre performances, an anniversary tea party and Made in Redditch Market.

Ken Williams, chairman of Redditch Town Centre Partnership which organised the week, said: “It has been wonderful to see the community come together in a variety of ways and people who previously have never met each other share a cup of tea or a game of Monopoly.

“It was disappointing the weather caused the cancellation of the parade but we have had great feedback from many visitors, the exhibitors and performers who moved inside the centre.

“We now look forward to the next 50 years.”

The So Redditch programme continues throughout the year. Visit for more information.

Town crier Kevin Ward with Royal Enfield Owners Clubs’ Ray Cound, John Budgen and Chris Mayneord. 3214009MMR2

Redditch History Society’s Graham Smith, Jill Coombes and Derek Coombes. 3214009MMR3

Emily Kearn, four, enjoys getting her face painted by Mucky Monkeys’ Sarah Taylor. 3214009MMR4