Hundreds gather for Peace Party Revisited

Published 28th August 2019

Hundreds of people joined together for a community party in Langley Park in Oldbury over the weekend.

Hundreds of people joined together for a community party in Langley Park in Oldbury over the weekend.

Sandwell Irish Community Association hosted the Peace Day Revisited event to mark 100 years since a similar “Peace Day” party in 1919 – where the people of Langley celebrated a year of peace since the end of the First World War.

Councillor Sharon Davies, town lead for Oldbury, opened the event, which was also attended by cabinet member responsible for parks Councillor Maria Crompton.

Saturday’s party included entertainment, fair rides, fire eaters, stilt walkers, Bhangra dancing, cartoon characters and craft stalls.

The event was made possible thanks to a town grant from Sandwell Council’s Local Area Budget.

Chris Flood from the Irish Community Association said: “It was a fantastic day, it went incredibly well and of course the weather helped.

“We had about 500 people it was such a relaxed and fun atmosphere, people really enjoyed themselves.

“The day was about sharing common ground and highlighting the positive things that bring communities together.

“It was really nice to think that people were getting together like this 100 years ago to mark the end of the Great War.”

Councillor Sharon Davies, town lead for Oldbury, said: “It was a great day to bring the community together and everyone had fun. We were pleased to offer the organisers a town grant to make it happen.”