Town’s heritage put on show

By Ian Dipple Thursday 17 April 2014 Updated: 18/04 08:16

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Buy photos » Interviewee Gilbert Day and his wife Chris take a look at the exhibition. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1614009MMR

REDDITCH’S industrial heritage was brought to life through the words of those who helped shape it.

Jestaminute Community Theatre group staged a living history exhibition called One Back of Nineteen at Forge Mill Needle Museum last Saturday and Sunday (April 12 to 13).

It displayed the findings of a £28,000 Heritage Lottery funded project to record and preserve the memories and experiences of those who worked in Redditch between 1939 and 1964.

Visitors were treated to a series of linked readings created from the oral testimonies gathered and delivered by community members including the U3A.

It was one of the 50 events the community has been challenged to organise in celebration of Redditch’s 50th anniversary as a new town.

So far more than 30 have been registered on the So Redditch website. There will also be a week long festival at the end of July.

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

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