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4 Shires music festival during Salt Fest

Music is always very important part of Droitwich festivals. The Salt Fest in September is not an exception. 4 Shires Festivals has prepared the music programme that will go for 3 days, on 11th, 12th and 13th September, in Vines Park in Droitwich Spa.

Festival visitors will have an opportunity to hear artists that appeared on BBC introducing special performances (the band Missing Sparrows and  solo artists Polly Edwards and Kim Ryder); Junction Seven Band that covers classical rock and pop hits; Indie trio The Capital Band; Stompin’ on Spiders’ who blends traditional blues with modern acoustic rock; acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter Dan Greenaway and award-winning Roving Crows Band, just to name a few.

Charter Day 2015 based on my Photographs

By Rhys Jones

In 1215, King John arrived near Wyche on horseback, but 800 years later he arrived in rather more comfort by narrow boat. I was granted an audience with the King to take his photo as he boarded the long boat, and I was invited to travel with the royal party. Photos show the King, Queen, and Royal party laughing and joking, not realising that some of the people of Droitwich would be hostile.

Anticipating the arrival of the King, monks and local dignitaries assembled at St Andrew’s Church and paraded to the canal, passing crowds who were mostly unaware of what was happening. When the King arrived, negotiations soon started regarding the fees to be paid by local businesses to the King. Some of the locals showed their hostility. One in particular, risked having his head cut off in public but was spared at the last minute.

Photo walk in Droitwich High Street

On 13th of August the second photo walk of DAN photographers was organised by the member Rhys Jones. A group of enthusiasts from Photography Interest Group (known as PIGs) took a stroll from Queen Street down to the picturesque High Street. Soon after we split and everyone started to look at their own interesting spots to make a good shot.

Quirky old houses in High Street are real treat for any photographer. Although they are crooked as an effect of the brine extraction, they survived through the times and stand proudly leaning to each other. Beautiful black and white timber-framed ‘Spats Coffee House’ at No. 22 or sky blue ‘Fish and Chips Bar’ are just two excellent examples of Droitwich High Street architecture.

King John’s Royal Charter Day in Droitwich

Royal SealBy Royal Seal the citizens of the Town Wich, known as Droitwich, are commanded to attend and witness the Royal Charter presentation ceremony and festivities.

The Royal Charter was signed by King John in Bridgenorth on August 1st 1215, about seven weeks after signing the Magna Carta on 15th June 1215. Four or five merchants from Wich, headed by the elected Reeve (chief), was granted an audience and knowing that John was desperately in need of money, struck a bargain that benefited both parties. The king let at the yearly rental of £100 (over £100,000 in today’s money) all his royal rights to the town of Wich.