THEY’VE been on the Graham Norton Show, played at Glastonbury and performed at all nine Cricket World Cup matches at Edgbaston but on Saturday Bhangra Bollywood band Eternal Taal were in Redditch for the Bandstand event on Church Green.
Eternal Taal – and it was only a sliver of the 30-piece band who made it – were just one of the many attractions at Saturday’s event, but they were the only ones to get everyone up and moving ‘changing light bulbs’ and ‘phoning a friend’ with the dancers from Creative Edge.
Even the puppets from Redditch-based Puppet Vision, joined for the day by puppeteers from the One Way UK puppet academy, got in on the act.
They in turn had transformed St Stephen’s Church into a rock n roll theatre with two highly enjoyable shows featuring hits from the likes of Queen, James Bond themes and The Weather Girls, all with a Jesus slant.
In between there were cheerleaders, Polish dancers, a karate demonstration, children singing plus lots of arts and crafts, tombolas and things to see and do.
There enjoying events was Councillor Bill Hartnett, leader of Redditch’s Labour group who said: “It’s great to see the bandstand being used like this – there are lots of acts, lots of children and their parents all enjoying themselves.
“It was great too to pop along to the church and see the puppet show – it’s a great day out.”
Organiser Sue Yeng said she was delighted with the turnout, given that Astwood Carnival and Bromsgrove Carnival were taking place on the same day.
“It’s been a fantastic celebration of diversity and lovely to hear bhangra and to see everyone dancing to Eternal Taal,” she said.
“We still managed to pull in the crowds too and it’s been a great day for the community of Redditch.”