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Picnic for all to celebrate Salt King 200th anniversary

It was more than a picnic. It was the celebration of the town by its own people. More than 2000 people attended the free community picnic at the Chateau Impney on Sunday, 25th June to celebrate the 200th birthday of John Corbett. The event was organised by local historian Barbara Middlemass, who has a special interest in Corbett’s life and work. 

A picnic hamper shaped birthday cake was cut by Mrs Middlemass, Stuart Denlegh-Maxwell, a descendant of John Corbett, David Goode from the Norbury Theatre, who was dressed as Corbett, and Peter Rosser from the Chateau Impney.

Many local community groups have their stalls with the information and activities. There was also live music and dance (Voices Unlimited choir, the Droitwich Ukulele Band and the Stage Door Dance Academy), poetry, children’s activities and light refreshments. 

With the fantastic turnover, the highlight of the day was the community spirit that brings people of Droitwich together to enjoy a day with their families and friends in the surroundings of Chateau Impney, one of the landmarks of the town. 

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On Sunday 25th June we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Corbett, sometimes known as the Salt King, who did so much for the area. It is felt that recognition of his contribution to Droitwich Spa and the surrounding area is long overdue, so a family picnic was proposed together with community group involvement to help people learn more about this remarkable man. The event will increase awareness of his work and legacy whilst providing an afternoon of fun for local people.

A group of local people, chaired by Barbara Middlemass has planned the event (Barbara wrote the definitive book on John Corbett)

A picnic!
On Sunday, 25 June 2017
12:00 – 17:00

The picnic will be held on the grounds of Chateau Impney, the former home of John Corbett and will be open to all.
John Corbett was known to have opened the grounds for family picnics when he lived at the Chateau.

A simple (free) event:

  • All are invited to bring their own food & drink;
  • Local history and community groups will be highlighting the life, times and heritage of John Corbett.
  • Members of John Corbett’s family will be in attendance as will people from Tywyn and Amblecote (come and find out why!)
  • There will be live music and some simple entertainment will be provided for children.
  • No commercial activities will be allowed at the event, however, Chateau Impney will offer some light refreshments;
  • The day starts with an (optional) walk from John Corbett’s graveside in Stoke Prior to the Chateau in the morning.
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