Jeremiah Ferrari _Phelt Media

Thousands of fun-seekers turned out in force to enjoy a weekend of music and displays from local businesses and community groups.

Approximately 8,500 residents and visitors turned out at the weekend for the annual Morton Stanley Festival which was held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August.

Now, the council are looking to get feedback from residents and visitors – whether they attended this year’s festival or not - to find out what they think and how they would like it to look in the future. It is hoped that the survey will allow officers to gather some data around what visitors did or didn’t enjoy, ideas for future festivals and what stopped them attending if they didn’t go this year.
Gathering Of Strangers _Phelt Media
The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete and is available here. It is open for responses until 9am on Tuesday 29th August.

Cllr Pat Witherspoon, whose portfolio covers Leisure Services, said: “Thank you to everyone who came to Morton Stanley Festival this weekend! It was the best one yet and a huge well done to everyone involved in organising it.

“It was good to see such a variety of stalls with new exhibitors like the world famous kite maker and vintage clothing. It was a brilliant event and as always the perfect opportunity for traders, local bands, charities and community groups to showcase and provide a fabulous day out for residents and visitors.The Violettes

“We would like to continue putting on this excellent event for years to come but need to make sure it’s exactly what our residents and visitors want, so I would encourage everyone – whether you attended this year or not – to complete the survey and tell us what you like or what you might do differently.”

Acts that performed this year included Manchester reggae sensation Jeremiah Ferrari joined on the main stage by headliners Big Wolf Band, from Birmingham, and Bewdley’s psychedelic Arcadia Roots.

A wide array of stalls and activities were on offer including a featured DJ tent by sponsors Locked In Radio, Wilson’s Fair, classic car display, firework display and cuisine from around the world with a mini food festival. There was even a group of ‘nuns’ that made an appearance and joined in the fun.Nun 1_Gordon Rogers

For more pictures take a look at the official Morton Stanley Festival Facebook page.

Picture captions:

Featured: Jeremiah Ferrari, Gathering of Strangers and The Violettes grace the Morton Stanley Festival Stage.

A nun from Redditch Operatic Society promotes Sister Act at the festival.