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Redditch now and then - open air light show beneath concrete flyover

Correspondent 17th Feb, 2020

VISITORS to Arrow Valley Park are invited to a video event next month after it was previously postponed due to flooding last November.

“The Machine in the Park” will be celebrating the industrial heritage of the borough on Saturday, March 7.

Taking place under the Coventry Highway as it crosses the park, the closing of the Scour II project will be an exciting, free, video projection event and all interested residents are invited to attend.

The concrete flyover will echo to the mechanical rhythms of the 19th century through video and sounds of mill machinery from Forge Mill, Redditch and Churchill Forge near Kidderminster.

All those interested in going along can book their free ticket for one of three time slots – 6pm, 7pm and 8pm – via Eventbrite. Each visit will last around 30 minutes.

Elizabeth Turner, one of the Scour artists, said: “We were really disappointed we had to postpone the original event in November so we’re very excited to be bringing it back again.

“It will be a feast for the senses and I know those who attend will appreciate the combining of old and new, weaving history into the here and now.”

Her colleague Keith Ashford added: “The project is as educational as it is artistic so I’d encourage anyone interested in the history of the town to come along.

“We had a fantastic time putting on Scour II with visitors last year and this will be a great way to round off the project. Here’s hoping it’s also a bit warmer than it would have been in November!”

To book tickets go to Places are limited so if you need to cancel, contact:

The meeting point will be at the corner of Marlfield Lane and Proctors Barn Lane.

Attendees will be guided to the site; a walk of around two minutes along a tarmac path.

The event is wheelchair accessible and under the shelter of a road flyover in the park. There may however be some muddy ground so wear appropriate shoes and warm clothing.

Roadside parking will be available along Marlfield Lane, Proctors Barn Lane or in the public car park at the end of Proctors Barn Lane meaning a five to ten minute walk to the meeting point.

Keith and Elizabeth will also be in the Kingfisher Centre from April 13-19.

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