On behalf of the organisers can I thank all of the people who turned up yesterday to what was our biggest and best Mayday yet. After last year we really didn't think we could do it all over again, but if anything we surpassed the 20,000 plus people who turned out last year.
I apologise in advance for anyone I miss out but…a massive thank you to…..all of the musicians and performers, including the strong guys and the skatepark youths, who gave us their time for nothing. To the council officers who put in so much work keeping things running smoothly. To the stallholders and foodie folk, I hope it exceeded your expectations – even with triple the catering outlets we still had large queues. To Enville Ales and Black Country Ales (I know, I know…more cider next time!). To Tom Naylor who put together a terrific event on the skatepark to ensure the young people weren't left out. To Dennis Seaton who MC'd the main stage, as well as bringing the show to a wonderful finale. To Sandwell Leisure Trust for all their support and putting on the best strongman competition so far (and narrowly beating Team Bearwood in the tug of war). To the small army of Team Bearwood volunteers – the event couldn't be a free event without their fantastic efforts – but particularly for Richard Marshall and Marie for pulling it all together with the committee of the Friends of Lightwoods Park and House.
Finally, thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a fantastic family bank holiday Monday. With much of the park being fenced off for restoration next year we're not sure if we can stage an event of this size on Mayday 2015, but when the Heritage Lottery project is completed I think we can safely say that a restored Lightwoods Park and House has the potential to give a real boost to Bearwood!