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What a success! Fans come in their thousands to Morton Stanley Festival

Ross Crawford 22nd Aug, 2018

THE crowds came in their thousands to Morton Stanley Festival to enjoy great music played by a top line up of artists.

Topping the bill was 80s icon Hazel O’Connor who thrilled the fans with her set before delighting everyone with her knockout rendition of Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’.

And the music kept on coming – with headliners taking to the stage every 40 to 45 minutes and local artists doing 20 minute slots so there was something for everyone.

It gave the crowd the chance to enjoy some of the great bands there are in Redditch and the surrounding area.

Highlights included local outfit Fish Heads, the popular duo Lekka Vibe and of course Redditch favourite Stuart Woolfenden.

Meanwhile the diminutive figure of Melinda Ortner – wearing the highest high heels imaginable – knocked everyone out with her mighty voice.

Hats off to Hazel O’Connor though, who not only performed for the crowd but also stayed behind afterwards chatting to people, signing autographs and posing for selfies with fans.

The festival showcased more than music with fans enjoying food from around the world, the funfair and the many community stalls.

Councillor Matt Dormer, the Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said: “It was a very busy Morton Stanley Festival this year with attendance figures in the thousands.

“I am really pleased that so many people, of all ages, came along to enjoy the festival, turning out to support both the incredible headline acts and the local performers too.

“With so many highlights, it is hard to name just a few so whether you were there to see the fantastic Hazel O’Connor, to take your children on the funfair or enjoy the food on offer, it is safe to say a great weekend was had by all.

“As always, my thanks must go to the officers and volunteers who made the festival a success and of course everyone who attended.”

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