A real birthday bash

By Rob George 01/06 Updated: 01/06 11:29

The Old Cock Inn on Friar Street. (s)

A HISTORIC Droitwich pub will celebrate its 300th birthday in style next Saturday (June 9) with a packed six hour festival for residents to enjoy.

The Old Cock Inn in Friar Street will mark its 300 year anniversary with a festival which has been supported by the Droitwich Spa Area Partnership and Wychavon District Council.

Friar Street will be the venue for an inspired celebration of music, magic, street performance and merriment to celebrate the landmark occasion.

Visitors can enjoy events on the main stage which will showcase live music from brass, choir, acoustic and electro pop to rock and theatre.

Street acts from Monster Cirque will bring the street alive with stilt walkers and fire breathing while magic, face-painting, games and food and drink will also be available during the festival from 12midday and 6pm.

Volunteers from the Norbury Theatre and Droitwich Lions will be offering their support with special performances, games and more.

Organisers Stuart Wilcox and Graham Leonard, the lease owners of The Old Cock Inn since September 2011, have been planning the event since December.

They said: “The planning of the event has not been all plain sailing however a petition inside the pub and a Facebook campaign has proven that the Droitwich community want to celebrate this historical and memorable event in high spirits.

“It is not every day that a pub celebrates on such a grand scale as well as offering a community festival for its town, especially when times are tough and many pubs are closing their doors.

“We want the people of Droitwich to embrace this event and celebrate the beauty, history and future of Friar Street and the Old Cock Inn,” they added.

As well as celebrating the 300 year anniversary of one of Droitwich’s oldest pubs, the event will raise the profile and awareness of this historic part of the town and the businesses situated along it.

Stuart and Graham have already hosted a number of events such as comedy clubs and themed nights and will host a beer festival next month to coincide with the town’s Music Festival.

The pub will also host a number of acts during the music festival and the Norbury Theatre will use the pubs garden on July 14 as the stage for a special alfresco performance of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’.

Lease owners of The Old Cock Inn Stuart Wilcox and Graham Leonard hope to welcome people to the venue next weekend. (s)

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