It’s with some sadness that today I share the news that there will be no Canalside Festival in Brownhills this summer.
Brian Stringer, one of those who work so hard to make the event a success, has written to let me know that following changes to the planned organisation this year, followed by the subsequent loss of the head of Brownhills Town Centre partnership Diane Mansell to pastures new, it has not been possible to organise anything in time.
Diane who has done so much good work in Brownhills, has moved on following the ending of her post in Aldridge and Brownhills and will be very sadly missed; she not only organised Brownhills in Bloom and all the fun days we had, but was a real force in town litter picks and other community events, both here and in Aldridge.
I hope something can be sorted for the festival in future years, as it’s always been good to see Brownhills getting together for a day, more often than not in the sun. I know that over time, Brian has personally sweat bullets to deliver a great event and know how sad he is at the current situation.
My best wishes to Brian, all at the community Association who were trying to get something together and of course, to Diane who’s now moved to a post in Birmingham: Walsall Council doesn’t know what it’s lost. You were great.
Meanwhile, if you have any local summer events, please feel free to drop me a line and I’ll share them with readers – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.