WeLoveTamworthMVP_5002There’s now just over a week to go to the popular We Love Tamworth event in Tamworth Castle Grounds on Saturday September 3.

We Love Tamworth boasts a packed programme of entertainment, including fairground rides, stalls, games, inflatables, Tamworth’s strongest man competition, a dog show, Amington Brass Band and much more.

At the centre of the festivities there will again be a special action-packed area to keep youngsters busy all day. The dedicated Children’s Zone will feature a variety of activities including walkabout characters, mini zoo, bouncy castles and slides, face painting, giant games and craft activities. Entry to the Children’s Zone is £3 for children – adults get in free of charge – and children can come and go as they please throughout the day.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Amington Band, which will be filling the park with some favourite big band tunes throughout the afternoon, alongside live broadcasts from local radio station TCR FM.

The stalls arena is again being run by Tamworth Lions club, which has been supporting local charities and causes for almost 40 years. A variety of stalls have already been confirmed including dance groups, scouts, guides, brownies, sea cadets, Shoebox Theatre, gifts, toys, food and drink, pet products, win a mini and more.

Dog lovers are invited to enter their four-legged friends into the fun dog show, with a various classes competing regularly throughout the day. More information about the dog show is available by calling 0121 3130174 or 07894 644572.

We Love Tamworth – sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre – is now in its fourth year and attracted record-breaking crowds of 10,000 last year.

The fun kicks off at 11am and will continue throughout the afternoon until 4pm.

More information about this, and all other outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council, is available at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.

RedEnsignThe flag of the UK Merchant Navy will be flown from the roof of Tamworth Castle as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

Tamworth Borough Council will join local authorities across the country in raising the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day, Saturday September 3. Organised by Seafarers UK, the event aims to honour the men and women who kept Britain afloat during the World Wars and celebrate the modern seafarers who are responsible for 95 per cent of the UK’s imports.

A party of sea cadets and standard bearers will hoist the flag at the top of the castle at 11.30am in front of a special audience of Merchant Navy veterans and civic dignitaries, including Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Ken Norchi, assembled in Tamworth Castle Grounds below.

As Merchant Navy Day coincides with this year’s popular We Love Tamworth event, the ceremony is expected to be witnessed by thousands of people. The ceremony will be announced publicly and will include a short time for reflection.

Merchant Navy Day has been observed in the UK since 2000. The campaign to fly the Red Ensign was started last year to remind people how much they depend on Merchant Navy seafarers.

The Seafarers UK charity helps people in the maritime community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. This is achieved through funding organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives across the Merchant Navy, fishing fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Last year £3.5million worth of grants were donated to more than 70 maritime welfare charities.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “As a landlocked town, it is easy to forget the sacrifices made and dangers faced by the men and women who bring our goods, including half of the food we eat, safely to shore. This applies not only to those who kept Britain afloat during the World Wars, but to modern day seafarers who do the job today.

“As the daughter of a Merchant seaman, I am particularly pleased that we are honouring them by joining the national flag-raising, which will see the Red Ensign flown from monuments, historic buildings, libraries and tourist attractions across the country.

“The fact that Merchant Navy Day coincides with the popular We Love Tamworth event means the ceremony will be witnessed by lots of people, therefore helping to raise more awareness of the sacrifices made.”

TrampolineYoung people aged 11 to 17 are being given the chance to end their summer holidays with a bounce – with FREE sessions at Tamworth’s new Jump Xtreme trampoline centre.

The trampoline sessions are being added to Tamworth Community Safety Partnership’s Summerwatch events to promote safety and crime prevention over the summer months, which is funded by the Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner’s Space scheme.

Summerwatch is being run by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership, which includes Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, domestic abuse groups, drug & alcohol counselling services and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

A wide range of free activities aimed at 11-17 year olds have been running throughout the summer and will continue up until September 2.

Now, with two weeks left to go until the end of the summer holidays, Summerwatch has added free trampoline sessions at the new Jump Xtreme centre in Wilnecote to the free programme.

The centre has 115 interlinked trampolines and includes main court with 95 trampolines, dodge ball court, Xtreme stunt airbag, tumble tracks and slam dunk hoops.

Entry to the centre is free on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 5pm and 6pm to 11-17 year-olds. There are 30 free places each night, which are available on a first come, first served basis. Please quote SPACE on arrival for free entry.