A "UNIQUE" Stourbridge club is set go out in style when it winds up after 40 years of happy times.

The Heron Club was formed by residents of the 'bird estate', on the borders of Wollaston and Norton, after neighbours on Herondale Road and surrounding streets got together to organise a street party to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee in June 1977.

Club members say 12,000 similar street parties were staged at that time to mark Her Majesty's big occasion but out of all the community groups that enjoyed a right Royal knees up back then they believe The Heron Club is the last one still actively organising events for residents and families.

Over the years it has brought the community together through Christmas dances, June anniversary celebrations, ghost walks, barn dances, barbecues, skittles and quiz nights and many members have enjoyed weekend trips away in the UK and abroad. The club was also known for its annual Bonfire Night bash which it used to host on neighbouring fields.

Members even received a message from Her Majesty The Queen herself on the club's 35th anniversary - which fell during the monarch's Diamond Jubilee year in 2012.

However - as time marches on so do members and chairman Adrian Head, who has been at the helm since 1987, feels it is now time to call it a day.

And the club is set to hold its final event on Saturday June 3 at Wollaston Community Centre which will feature entertainment by Black Country comedian Our Trace and singer Paul David, plus a large buffet.

Mr Head said: "We're going out in style and we're going to be giving four local charities several hundred pounds each from funds built up over the years.

"It's a shame we're folding but we are the only club that has carried on from that street party 40 years ago. We're quite unique."

The club, which still boasts several original members, will hold its last AGM on June 7 when all remaining funds will be donated to good causes.