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Wednesbury events

I intend to begin a new series of posts reporting on local events that I photograph. We need to publicise local events more. people often miss an event and complain they didn’t know about it. I want to fix that! The first event I went to this week was the open mic event at Wednesbury Library.

WEDNESBURY LIBRARY

Spoken word

This is Brendan Hawthorne our local poet who organised the event giving us a rendition of his latest work. There were also other spoken word contributions from Brian Dakin and Eileen Ward-Birch. Brian is also known as Billy Spakemon and tells stories in Black Country dialect. Eileen is another one of the ‘trusted voices’ bloggers that have contributed to the local newspaper.

WEDNESBURY LIBRARY

The Scarbelly Blues Band

The Scarbelly Blues Band also entertained us and they will be doing another open mic night next Friday at Great Bridge Library at 7pm.

WEDNESBURY LIBRARY

Billy Spakemon

This is Brian Dakin aka Billy Spakemon telling his story and illustrating it with a little song. I understand that Brian has a PhD in history and so don’t let his appearance fool you. We might look and sound a bit daft in Wednesbury and the Black Country but you would be surprised at the talents we have and they don’t all involve using an ‘ommer.

IAN M BOTT

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Following on from my photo-shoot of local talent at the library I went to Wednesbury Museum and Art gallery on Thursday. BBC radio WM were interviewing staff and local people about the current exhibitions. The nostalgia rooms recreate rooms from the 1950’s and 60’s era. There is also a display of photos from the Queen’s visits to the Black Country. Pictured is local historian Ian M Bott with his latest books.

RADIO WM AT WEDNESBURY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Here we see Sandwell museums and art collections officer Dave Waring posing with the BBC Radio WM presenters after being interviewed.

RADIO WM PRESENTERS WITH ELAINE COSTIGAN AND OLWEN JONES

Selfie

The selfie is now an obligatory reminder of any event and here Wednesbury councillor, Elaine Costigan gets fellow councillor Olwen Jones and herself into a shot with the BBC Radio WM presenters.

I’m out and about again today and venturing out of Wednesbury to photograph a summer fayre at Rough Hay Community centre in Darlaston.

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