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Lots planned for St Richard's Boat and Car Festival

Droitwich Editorial 28th Apr, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

THE ST Richard’s Boat and Car Festival will kick off in Droitwich on Friday (May 1) with live music and real ale in Vines Park from 5pm.

The live music will continue through the weekend which also sees a host of other attractions held.

Among them will be medieval displays in the park tomorrow, along with a re-enactment of the blessing of Upwich Pit.

The WW1 and WW2 travelling museum will also be in town tomorrow and Droitwich Spa Mayor Bob Brookes will unveil the town’s new mural at Netherwich Basin at 2.30pm. That was designed by students from Witton Middle School and was painted on a very wet and windy day in March.

The Droitwich Arts Network will have a host of events going on, including an art exhibition at St Andrew’s Chirch from 10am to 4pm tomorrow (Saturday), 1.30pm to 4pm on Sunday and 10am to 4pm on Monday. That will feature paintings, drawings and photographs from local artists, and for the first time, a selection of works from out twin town, Voiron.

Also tomorrow, vintage vehicles will descend on the town and there will be several markets, along with Morris dancers and tours of the St Augustines Church tower.

St Andrew’s Shopping Centre will play host to children’s attractions, including balloon modelling and stilt walkers.

On Sunday (May 3) there will be an activity zone in Vines Park, more classic cars and free health checks.

And there will be children’s activities in Vines Park on Monday, along with an animal rescue zone and dog show organised by

MacArthur, Barstow and Gibbs. There will be seven show classes and proceeds will go to Danemere Animal Rescue.

There will also be the decking of the Brine Pit in greenery and tapestry to celebrate St Richard.

The event, which starts at 10am each day, has been organised by Wychavon District Council, Droitwich Spa Classic and Vintage Car Rally group and the Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich canal Society with support from local businesses and organisations.

On Monday (May 4), the children’s art event in Vines Park will feature musical fun to engage youngsters and provide inspiration for painting drawing and sculpture. The best works on the day will be entered into a competition, with prizes awarded Lynne Duffy, chairman of Wychavon District Council, at 3.45pm.

Visit www.droitwichstandard.co.uk for more on this story or www.strichardsfestival.co.uk for the full festival schedule.

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