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Residents urged to have their say on carnival as festival approaches

Ross Crawford 20th Aug, 2018

THE latest bandstand event in the town centre has been hailed as a success – and now all attention is turning to September for the final event which will bring the summer season to a close.

Last Saturday saw a family-focused celebration which included hula hoop fun with Angie Mack, Bhangra dancing with people joining in, and oodles of noodles courtesy of Fay Yeng’s Yum Tum Club kitchen.

Onlookers also enjoyed a karate demonstration and lots of craft stalls and a tombola.

“It was another great day,” said Councillor Bill Hartnett.

“I spoke to lots of people who all praised the event which had something for everyone thanks as ever to Sue Yeng who organised it all.”

The event next month will see the arrival of Tommy Wilson’s fun fair and a carnival procession through the town centre from the Palace Theatre and people and local groups are being urged to join in what will be a true community festival.

“Last week’s bandstand event was brilliant – my five year old daughter was especially taken with the hula hoop display and has since made me go out and buy her some, proving these events really can have a lasting impact,” said Coun Mike Rouse, the borough’s portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism.

“I want to thank everyone involved for their hard work on the day. We have just one more event to go on Saturday, September 15, the community festival, so let’s end this season on a high.”

The event, from 12midday to 4pm, will be free and feature the fun fair, music, a samba band, stalls and activities, plus the procession from the Palace Theatre to the Bandstand.

“I have been part of conversations on social media about how wonderful it would be to have the Redditch Carnival come back; well this is our chance to prove the community can rise to the challenge of a town centre procession,” said Coun Rouse.

“We have already started to talk to some groups, but more need to come forward and fast.”

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