How shall we mark our 50th? You decide

By Ian Dipple Friday 10 January 2014 Updated: 10/01 10:12

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A CHALLENGE has been issued to Redditch residents to come up with an event to help celebrate the anniversary of new town designation.

The 50 in 50 challenge tasks individuals, community groups, clubs and other organisations with creating a new activity or event, or to theme an existing one, around the 50th anniversary.

The aim is to create a programme of events which will bring residents together to mark the historic landmark which shaped the place Redditch has become today and take the community forward into the next half a century.

A website has been created where people can register and get help with planning their events as well as download material to help theme their occasion. There will also be a list of all events taking place throughout the year.

The challenge has been created by members of Redditch Town Centre Partnership, working with the arts and events team at Redditch Borough Council and forms part of the So Redditch Festival, the centrepiece of which is a week of activities at the end of July.

These will include an historic film festival including footage of old Redditch, an exhibition of the history of the new town project, street theatre, food market and an It’s A Knockout style contest.

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre will also be marking the 40th anniversary of the opening of the first phase of the development.

The week will culminate in a fancy dress parade following a similar route to last year’s Olympic Torch run, events on Church Green and a three day music festival around the town centre.

Ken Williams, town centre partnership chairman, said: “We’re calling on communities across Redditch to put forward their suggestions on how they can work together on their streets or in their town centre to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

“It could be anything from a tea party with a 50th theme to a competition to produce a piece of art representing Redditch or a sporting event, we’re after all ideas.

“This is our town and everyone has a responsibility to contribute to its vibrancy and celebrate the history and heritage of the place. Redditch has its place in history, as a new town of this country, and while we shouldn’t forget where we have come, equally we should celebrate what we have.”

Visit www.so-redditch.info to register an event or for more information.

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