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Free Sunday afternoon entertainment for families in and around Wednesfield on Black Country Day organised by local trade unions.

We are seeking pledges for funds towards the £2,124 costs, see https://www.spacehive.com/wodenstock - even £2 would be great


Summer family fun in Wednesfield

Wednesfield will be hosting Wodenstock, a new family festival on Black Country Day, Sunday 14 July 2019.  This free afternoon of music and entertainment is being organised by Wolverhampton Trades Council.  It will take place in the heart of the community, at the open-air Amphitheatre seating area off Wednesfield Way, near to Sainsbury's.

The family fun day will celebrate the history of the Black Country, featuring child-centred activities like face-painting, as well trade union stalls explaining what they do.  Community groups are being encouraged to participate and there are still a few slots for local acts on the main stage.

Wednesfield councillor Greg Brackenridge welcomed the new festival, saying “It’s high time we had something of our own in Wednesfield, and I am delighted that Wodenstock has chosen to set up here.  I’m really looking forward to a fun day out.  As a resident and as a councillor, I will be doing all I can to make this inaugural event a great success.”

The event is being headlined by the First of May Band who offer an eclectic mix of folk, blues, reggae and ska, interspersed with spoken stories drawn from the rich history of the Black Country. The band has interviewed scores of ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances, and has turned those stories into songs which reflect the dramatic and moving industrial history of Wednesfield.  A host of other local performers is being lined up, providing an entertaining mixture of song and stories, history and myth – all mixed in with lashings of Black Country humour.

 "We're celebrating the Black Country with a day of entertainment that brings the past into the present" said Nick Kelleher, Secretary of Wolverhampton TUC.  “The aim is to have fun and to learn – what more could you want!”

The festival is being supported by direct donations and by crowd-funding.  Further donations are welcomed, and can be given at the following link:  www.spacehive.com/wodenstock