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The crowds turn out to show their love for their town
The sun blazed down as thousands of families enjoyed a great day of entertainment and activities as part of the 2019 We Love Tamworth event in the town's picturesque Castle Grounds. Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team were delighted that a beautiful day helped attract estimated crowds of around 5,500 people to the Castle Grounds on Saturday 14 September. Visitors enjoyed fairground rides, a record number of 40 stalls, inflatables, a dog show, fantastic live music from talented young local people and Tamworth Voices, the return of the strongest man competition and coverage of the day provided by the local Radio Tamworth.
This year, We Love Tamworth was also joined by New Urban ERA – organisers of the successful Tamworth Urban Arts and Sports Festival – which brought a number of urban artists to the event and involved visitors getting creative on the day. Wingy N4T4 and Rj77, who painted the murals at Belgrave Dance Studio, invited people to the free Art in the 'Dell', while Beatboxer Crumpets hosted a free workshop along with spray art. The 2019 event also had the addition of the Tamworth Literary Festival - Where the Rivers Meet: Poetry in the Park, near to the rivers Tame and Anker. Poets from around the Midlands joined together to celebrate the magic of rivers and the history of Tamworth. The stalls arena was again run by Tamworth Lions Club, which has been supporting local charities and causes for over 40 years. This year the event saw another record-breaking number of stalls, with more than 40 in attendance, made up of a range of charities, groups, businesses and local organisations.
Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone, who attended the event, said: "Another amazing day here in Tamworth. The Castle Grounds was packed out with happy people showing just how much they love Tamworth. It was great to chat to so many." And 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 inflatables, fair 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 saw the return of some well-loved features. Now in its seventh year, We Love Tamworth has become a popular and firm favourite among people of all ages. Each year the event grows bringing more local residents and visitors to our town. A huge thumbs up to everyone involved in organising another fantastic community event."