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By Ian Dipple Friday 04 April 2014 Updated: 04/04 09:31
RESIDENTS, community and business leaders are being invited to join together and pledge to make Redditch a better place over the next 50 years.
The signing of the So Redditch pledge takes place around the bandstand on Church Green East on Monday, April 14 between 12pm and 2.30pm and is the official launch of the town's anniversary celebrations of 50 years of new town designation.
A specially created So Redditch brass band will perform on the bandstand from 12pm until 1pm when an opening statement of commitment will be made before the pledge is read out by members of the Palace Youth Theatre.
Residents, community figures and business leaders will then be invited to sign the pledge which sets out a brief vision for the type of place Redditch should be up until 2064.
It has been specially designed by members of Redditch Town Centre Partnership - the independent voluntary group organising the celebrations - and includes pledges to increase job opportunities for the town's young people and to challenge discrimination in all forms.
Ken Williams, chairman of Redditch Town Centre Partnership, said: "We believe it is no one individual or organisation's responsibility for achieving the vision we have set out.
"Whether it's a business investing to create new jobs, raising educational standards for our young people or simply supporting a friend or neighbour in time of need, we all have a role to play in creating a better Redditch and we invite you to join us in making that pledge as we go into the next 50 years."
The So Redditch programme of events continues next weekend on April 12 and 13 with a free living exhibition by Jestaminute Community Theatre Group at Forge Mill Needle Museum called One Back of Nineteen. The group has been recording the memories and experiences of those who worked in Redditch between 1939 and 1964 as part of a project funded by more than £28,000 of Heritage Lottery money.
It will feature a series of linked readings created from the oral testimonies gathered and delivered by community members including the U3A at 11.30am and 2pm each day.
There will also be a static exhibition between 10am and 4pm demonstrating how the stories were collected and featuring extracts of actual interviews as well as music from the period.
Visit www.so-redditch.info for more information.
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