Well the weather couldn’t have been much worse but Dickens Heath certainly knows how to make the best of a situation as around 500 people packed into the village hall, a hastily-erected marquee or danced in the rain as the Dickens Heath Jubilee party partied on regardless on a wet Sunday June 3rd.
With BBC WM’s Pete Morgan arriving early to interview villagers about the event the day got off to a great start in spite of the conditions.
Three bouncy castles and the Midlands Ballet performance were relocated to the village hall whilst trestle tables, bunting and table decorations made by the children of the village and blankets blankets turned the marquee into a brightly-coloured communal picnic area.
Los Calamares, the Birmingham Concert Band, Sherrie Nicholls, Voltage and MC Julz Shepherd kept the beat going on the stage with hardy souls and over-excited kids dancing in muddy puddles in front of them right to the very end when a group of damp revellers sang God Save the Queen to close the event.
Coffee Cloud did a roaring trade of hot drinks and sandwiches delivered to the green and Morton’s was packed all day. Ice Hair and Beauty’s Ice Princess Pageant carried on inside the salon – with the Mayor of Solihull helping to award a sparkly sash to the winner Miss Harriet Holloway.
Almost 400 raffle tickets were sold, helping to raise valuable funds towards the running of the event.
And then, right at the end of the day…the village got its five minutes of fame as BBC Midlands Today brodcast live into the evening news from inside the marquee.
What a brilliant day. Roll on the next village event!