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Tamworth folk flock to local event with 'love'
The people of Tamworth demonstrated how much they love their town by turning up in their thousands to enjoy a great day of entertainment and activities. An estimated 6,000 people flocked to Tamworth Castle Grounds on Saturday 1st September to revel in the 2018 We Love Tamworth event. Organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team, the annual event again proved a huge success as visitors enjoyed fairground rides, a record number of stalls, games, inflatables, a dog show, music and coverage of the day from Radio Tamworth, a parade and the return of the popular Children's Zone. Hundreds of children enjoyed face painting, inflatables, and art activities, while more than 50 dogs took part in the dog show.

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A special parade marked 100 years of girl guiding in Tamworth

This year's event also had a couple of additional extras in the form of a special parade of rainbows, brownies and girl guides in celebration of 100 years of Girlguiding Tamworth, along with 'Wheeze', the organic musical organ, made from 'found' junk materials, and a celebration of Tamworth's rich heritage. Wheeze entertained crowds and inspired audiences of all ages to make their own music and to play a solo or have a jam with friends and strangers. The celebration of Tamworth's heritage saw the historic Town Hall allow visitors the rare opportunity to look around the Mayor's parlour by the Mayor and Deputy. People were also able to visit St Editha's Church Tower and take in the amazing views or follow a guided tour. And the Alms houses opened their doors to welcome visitors, while costumed characters walked around the town dressed as medieval characters, Thomas Guy and a Peeler.

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A series of crafts helped keep the childen entertainned

The stalls arena was again run by Tamworth Lions Club, which has been supporting local charities and causes for 40 years. This year the event saw a record-breaking number of stalls, with more than 45 in attendance, made up of a range of charities, groups, businesses and local organisations. Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "This was an amazing We Love Tamworth event. The Arts & Events team pulled out all the stops to create a fantastic and memorable day for families. As well as all the popular favourites, such as the Children's Zone and the wide array of charity stalls and displays from local groups who all help to make a difference in Tamworth, this year's event also had some brilliant new features. It was lovely to see the Girlguiding Tamworth parade, celebrating 100 years of girl guiding in Tamworth, and the celebration of the town's rich heritage."

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A hundred years of Tamworth girl guides was marked in style

More information about this, and all other events organised by Tamworth Borough Council, is available at
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Why? Thousands of people turned out to show We Love Tamworth
When: September 1
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Cost of activities and rides varied
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