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Rumour has it Fleetwood Mac played Droitwich

Before Fleetwood Mac became one of the biggest bands in the world they played a gig in Droitwich. The Bank Holiday Bluesology Festival in the grounds of the Chateau Impney Hotel on September 1 and 2 1968 also featured John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Joe Cocker and headliners The Move (Roy Wood). Hosted by Radio One legend […]

Poetry in motion for CBeebies star

The Rhyme Rocket was a 2012 CBeebies show that aimed to harness the power of poetry as a literacy tool for four and five year-olds. Commander Rhyme-a-Lot (an alien), First Officer Ditty and Professor Poet would blast off into space on a mission to collect poems from around the universe. First Officer Ditty was played […]

Swimmer made the podium at two Paralympics

A swimmer who added a Tokyo Paralympic silver medal to the one she won at the 2016 Rio Games learned to swim at Droitwich Leisure Centre. Rebecca Redfern, who is visually impaired, touched home second in the SB13 100m breaststroke on the morning of September 1, 2021, nine hours after winning her heat. Speaking after the race, […]

He can cook for England

After dining at The Chequers you’ll be ready to take on the world because it’s owned by the man who used to cook up pre-match meals for the likes of Wayne Rooney, Bryan Robson and David Beckham. Roger Narbett was the England football team chef for 21 years from 1989 to 2010, serving up premier […]

The card shop that refused to close during lockdowns

​​When a Droitwich shop repeatedly breached Covid-19 lockdown rules it made national headlines – and polarised public opinion. Grace Cards & Books owner Alasdair Walker-Cox was served with numerous prohibition notices and ended up being taken to court by Wychavon District Council where he was ordered to pay £35,000 in fines, plus £9,000 in legal costs. Mr […]

He’s GRRREAT! Droitwich man earns his stripes as Tony the Tiger

We’ve all grown up with Tony the Tiger, the face of Kellogg’s breakfast treat Frosties, or Frosted Flakes, since 1952. But did you know that since 1999 the popular cartoon character with the catchphrase ”they’re GRRREAT” has been voiced by Droitwich resident Tom Clarke-Hill? California-born Tom is an actor who has appeared in the films Denial […]

Olympic champion learned to swim in Droitwich

​Little Matt Richards was just five years old when he boldly announced to his parents that he no longer needed armbands and launched himself into his holiday hotel’s pool. This prompted Matt’s parents, Amanda and Simon, to sign him up for swimming lessons at Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre, which really ignited their son’s passion for the water. […]

Baby was abandoned in cinema toilets

On March 26, 1956, Birmingham’s New Street Odeon was showing Biblical epic The Ten Commandments, a film that features the discovery of baby Moses in a basket. In the cinema toilets that day, life imitated art when teenager Mavis Clarke was shocked to find a two-week-old baby boy in one of the cubicles, wrapped in […]

Fred West’s former neighbour went on killing spree

Crazed Philip John Smith killed three women in the space of 96 hours – and one of the victims was found near Droitwich. Born in 1965, Smith grew up with notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West as neighbours in Midland Road, Gloucester. He was nicknamed Laa-Laa after one of the Teletubbies on children’s TV, […]

Covid murder mystery was a UK first

A Droitwich author has published the ”UK’s first Covid-19 murder mystery” – and the action takes place in and around the town. Written during lockdowns, Lance Dune House cleverly uses the chaos surrounding the pandemic to hide a murder in plain sight, in a genuinely plausible way. The plot begins in 1977 but culminates in […]

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Flaming amazing

KAPOW! How’s this for a comic book tale? A Droitwich company played a crucial role in the first big screen reboot of Batman, which starred Michael Keaton. Nu-Way, of Vines Lane, made the rocket boosters for the Batmobile, recreating its famous flames. Chief designer and engineer Peter Wilkinson took one week to complete the unusual project, then delivered and fitted the boosters to the Caped crusader’s car at Pinewood Studios.