Hagley gears up for revived summer fete

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HAGLEY Fete is set to return this weekend after a break of a few years.

The event will take place on the playing fields off Worcester Road on Saturday July 5 after being revived by Peter Hollis, chairman of the Blakedown and Hagley branch of the Royal British Legion, and Hagley Community Association.

Running from 1pm to 4.30pm - it will include more than 30 stalls plus a host of attractions for all the family and Mr Hollis promises it will be the "biggest" fete the village has seen in a long time.

He said: "It was cancelled the last two or three times so I've taken it on on behalf of the Royal British Legion to bring the community together."

Sponsored by Stratstone Aston Martin and Hagley Parish Council - the event will be attended by soldiers, Normandy veterans and branch and county members of the legion, plus members from the bikers' branch of the charity.

Stourbridge salsa gran and Britain's Got Talent finalist Paddy Jones will also be putting in an appearance as she is a staunch British Legion supporter.

Other attractions at the event will include a play bus, bouncy castle, face-painting and glitter tattoos for kids, fancy dress competition in the arena at 1.30pm, velcro wall, display of vintage vehicles and custom cars, dance displays and live music from artists including Stourbridge vintage entertainer and Amy Winehouse tribute act Vanessa Lee.

There will also be stands promoting jewellery, crafts, health and fitness, plus a food quarter and beer tent.

Main sponsors Stratstone will also have Aston Martin cars on display; and The Frankley Bowmen will have an archery stand for enthusiasts of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.

Hagley Wives Club will also be selling tea and coffee in the community centre, where a string trio from Hagley Community Orchestra will perform.

There will also be an exhibition of work by Hagley Art Club members.

Villagers can also find out more about parish council and community association plans to replace the existing community centre with a new community hub for the parish council, village library and other groups and organisations.

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