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FlagFlyChairwebIt’s been a great start to Wyre Forest District Council’s summer events calendar with folk turning out in numbers whatever the weather!

Local armed forces representatives and dignatories gathered at Kidderminster Town Hall yesterday for the annual flag flying event.

Wyre Forest District Council chairman Rose Bishop led a short service and raised the Union Flag and Rev Rose Lawley said prayers at a ceremony held inside the town hall due to bad weather.

The flag will fly outside the Town Hall to honour past, present and future members of the British Armed Forces all week.

Wyre Forest District Council is one of hundreds of councils across the country taking part in a week of official celebrations in honour of our Armed Forces. The national centre piece of the celebrations is on Saturday 25 June in Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire and local events will be taking place across the country. For more information visit

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Heavy rainfall failed to put off families from enjoying A Right Royal Do in Brinton Park celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday last week.

Hundreds came together to celebrate the Queens special birthday with gazebos, deck chairs and their picnic hampers for a day.

The rain failed to dampen spirits of those taking part in the parade which included local military service personnel,  community groups, Guides and Scouts.

BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Malcolm Boyden and Nina Das Gupta acted as comperes, chatting to local people,  including those who were also celebrating their 90th Birthday this year.

Julian Richards led the flag waving crowd for a rendition of God Save The Queen who were then treated to songs from the musicals and shows. The sunshine came out in time for the final act of the day - Rattlesnake Jake - who gave a stunning performance of soul and motown to round off the celebrations.

Thousands turned up for the council’s annual Rock and Roll Party in the Park in Stourport and enjoyed a great day of entertainment and enjoyment in brilliant sunshine the weekend before.

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Approximately 30 classic cars, 15-20 classic motor bikes and mopeds came down to the riverside to show off their exhibits! There was plenty of live music with the Hayriders, The Fireballs, Debra June and the Rockin Tunes and Top DJ Guy Roles playing all sorts of rock and roll music.  

People dressed up in the original 50s clothing and quiffs and glamorous hair styles added to the atmosphere.

The bar sold out of real ale and cider and trade stalls reported business was really good.

Cabinet member for health, well-being and housing Cllr Sally Chambers said: “A lot of hard work goes in to organising events, and I’m delighted local people are turning out in such numbers, whatever the weather can throw at us.

“Everyone worked so hard to make A Right Royal Do a fantastic day out for families just a week after the rock and roll party in Stourport.

“I’ve never seen the riverside so busy as it was that day, a combination of glorious sunshine and a fabulous event made it a very special day!”

Preparations are already under way for the council’s series of Bands in the Park events.

They will be held at

  • Stourport Riverside Bandstand – 3rd, 10th & 17th July from, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

  • Brinton Park Bandstand, Kidderminster – 24th & 31st July  & 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th August, from 2.30pm – 4.30pm

  • QEII Jubilee Gardens, Bewdley – 7th & 14th August from 2pm – 4pm. 

The popular Country and Western Festival at Stourport Riverside will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August offering free Entertainment for all to enjoy!

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