AFTER hundreds of residents supported the first ever High Acres Community Festival last year, the popular event is set to return this weekend.

The free Black Country-themed summer spectacular – the first event of this year’s month-long Black Country festival – will take place on Saturday (June 17) at the High Acres Pub in Kingswinford.

Between 1pm and 5pm, the pub’s car park will be transformed into a summer paradise, with fun activities for all the family, including a foam machine, surf rider, barbecue, mini zoo and stalls.

Hosted by High Acres Community Association, the group hope the event will raise more than £1,000 for this year's supported cause - the Georgina Unit at Russells Hall Hospital.

Councillor Paul Brothwood, group chairman, said: “With nearly 500 residents coming to our event last year, we raised enough funds to support two local charities and finance this year’s event, as well as other community functions throughout the year.

“This year we are supporting the Georgina Unit at Russells Hall Hospital due to the tremendous work they do.

“Having raised £1,000 for our selected charities last year, I hope we are able to do the same again.”

The borough’s UKIP group leader added: “Saturday will all be about community and family fun, and will have lots for everyone to do. I look forward to seeing the community come together.”