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The Artworks of Walsall Wood

The Artworks of Walsall Wood

Saturday 6th February 2010 saw the opening of the Artworks of Walsall Wood following a ceremony in St. John’s Church.  All the works were funded by Walsall Council and designed and built by Industrial Heritage Stronghold Ltd.

The ceremony started with a concert by the Highley Colliery Band – a first-class performance. Then followed speeches by local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Walsall.  The Mayor of Wolverhampton was also present.

Next came a short service by the Reverend Nigel Carter.  It was interesting to hear how many of the local community had been involved in this venture – well done to you all – so many people to be thanked.

Here I should apologise to the gentleman who acted as Master of Ceremonies – he was on-stage in this picture but disappeared before I went ‘click’  – sorry!

Glen Buglass – thanks very much!!

The ceremony was very well supported by the local people and visitors from outside the immediate area, and the visitors in turn were very well looked after by the ladies in charge of the buffet another first-rate effort.

The artist, Luke Perry, (quite a character, this one!) explained finally how the figures and pit head were constructed and erected.

Now was the time for the exploration of Walsall Wood to start, and the Church emptied as the visitors went out to see the works of art.

Within a couple of days the fish had been stolen!

Good news – the fish has been found and will be re-attached in a couple of weeks!!