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Soldiers and scarecrows pitching up at Cradley Heath park
2:20pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
WARRING American civil war soldiers and a legion of scarecrows will be descending on a Cradley Heath park this month.
On Sunday and Monday Haden Hill Park is hosting the Anglo-Boer War Staffords Living History Group which will be recreating battles from the iconic American civil war.
A spokesman for the park said: “There will be plenty of loud bangs and flashes as they are treated to a display of what the American Civil War was like.
“Visitors and local residents are advised that the displays will include rifle firing displays, battle re-enactments and marching displays.”
It will be the first time Maryland Artillery, a newly formed branch of living history group, will have performed in Cradley Heath.
A spokesman said: “We represent the First Maryland Artillery Regiment - Confederate States of America, however, some of our members can portray soldiers of the Union forces, enabling us to stage battles between the two opposing groups.”
The displays are taking place on Sunday, August 25, from 2pm to 5.30pm and on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, from 12 noon to 4pm.
On Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 the park will be transformed for a scarecrow weekend.
Visitors are being asked to join in the fun by making their own scarecrow to display in the park.
Cabinet member for highways and environment Councillor Maria Crompton said: "This promises to be a fun weekend for all of the family.
There will be something for everyone including live music, a barbecue, birds of prey on display, a climbing wall and line dancing.”
She added: “We are looking for people to make a scarecrow, with a theme of their choice, for our scarecrow weekend.”
To ensure the scarecrows are all of similar stature entrants should use one two metre wooden stake, a three foot stake and a 12 inch stake.
The event will run on both days from 11am until 5.30pm and there will be prizes for the best scarecrows.
For more information phone Amy Robinson from Sandwell Council’s parks and green spaces services on 07813 021 044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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