THE Rory the Robot prostate cancer campaign is £1,000 better off after Redditch Lions handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the charity at last Sunday’s Green Fair and Lions Fun Day in Arrow Valley Park.
The annual free event is jointly organised by Redditch Borough Council and Redditch Lions Club and features 37th Signal Regiment, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, and West Mercia Police as well as a host of attractions including classic cars and vintage Royal Enfield motorcycles.
With crowds estimated at more than 1,500, Lions president Brian Rich said he was delighted with the way the event had gone.
“The field was full and people were staying on too rather than popping in and going away again,” he said.
“This is definitely something we would look to do next year and the response from, for example, the people with the classic cars was also very positive and also they want to come back.”
The day started at 11am with the children’s choir from The Theatre Workshop, before a packed day of displays and demonstrations from the army, fire, and police services, to a background of live music and tons of have-a-go entertainment.
Councillor Mike Rouse, whose leisure portfolio at Redditch Borough Council includes events, said: “Like many families across Redditch, we enjoyed the day’s activities, from falconry to the fire engine ride, and Royal Enfield motorcycles to the army’s climbing wall.
“I know the partners who worked on the event were delighted to see so many people come from across Redditch as well as people from across the wider region, underlining our potential to transform Redditch into a leisure destination of choice.”
Borough Council Leader Coun Matt Dormer added: “In Arrow Valley Country Park Redditch has this superb venue which, thanks to its central location, can be easily accessed by so many people. It’s great to see events like this thrive there.”
The borough council has organised a summer events survey for views, comments and suggestions on the fair. To take part visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/consultations.
The next event planned by Redditch Lions is a PSA prostate cancer testing event at the Town Hall scheduled for early October.