North Solihull Festival

(2nd August 2007)

The second annual North Solihull Community Festival took part in Meriden Park, Chelmsley Wood in July.

Hundreds of local residents turned up throughout the day to take part in the fun. The main attraction was watching the live bands on the main stage, donated by the North Solihull Partnership, as part of the Regenerating North Solihull Project. A �1.8 billion, 15 year project to transform the lives of the 40,000 local residents.

The North Solihull Festival is a free event set up by a group of local residents and committee members. Their aim is to create one event a year, which is supported, funded and organised by local businesses and the community. The first North Solihull Community Festival was in 2006 with a music theme. This year the focus was on sports, and not just the obvious ones!

Festivalgoers could watch trampoline acrobatics, wrestling and sumo wrestling. They had a go on the bouncy castle, took a journey on a miniature train, tried their luck in a raffle and practiced their salsa dancing. And that's just for starters. The stage rocked out to over 15 bands, playing music from rap to jazz, from rock to Elvis.

With the regeneration of the area well underway local people are taking much more of an interest in what's going on outside their front door. The North Solihull Community Festival Committee have created, in just a few years, what is quickly becoming North Solihull's biggest and most successful annual event of the year.