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Birmingham Busk 'an opportunity for local musicians' to show off talent

The first ever Birmingham Busk event took place today at New Street Station to raise money for charity.

The event gave local musicians and performers a new way to show off their talents, all in aid of raising money for Action for Children.

The act that is judged to be the best will also secure a permanent busking site at the station.

Big busking event gives street performers chance to win permanent station spot

A big busking event takes place later at Birmingham New Street Station, as street performers and musicians will take to the floor in the central part of the station to showcase their talents.

The busking will take place inside Birmingham New Street station Credit: ITV News Central

The event, which has been organised by charity, Action for Children, and Network Rail, will also see whoever is judged the best performer given a permanent busking spot at the station.

The first Birmingham Busk is a fantastic chance for the many great performers in the city to have fun and entertain the crowds on a busy Saturday at New Street station.

As well as wowing the crowd with a dazzling performance there is a permanent pitch up for grabs. We'll also be collecting money to help us continue to support disadvantaged children from our region.

Come along and be entertained for free and contribute to a great cause.

– Amanda Quinn, Action for Children

It's getting this morning, finishing at 5pm.

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RAF Cosford set to welcome more than 50,000 visitors

The RAF Cosford Air Show is set to welcome more than 50,000 visitors on Sunday to showcase the work of the Royal Air Force.

File photo of the RAF Cosford Air Show Credit: Ashok Saxena / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

The event includes both with interactive ground displays and flying displays from a diverse array of aircraft.

Carol Vorderman, who will again be flying in to visit the show, said "This is a great day out for all of the family!"

The Air Show team have also recently announced a number of additions to the flying programme, including the rare appearance of a United States Air Force strategic bomber, the Boeing B-52H, which will be performing a number of flypasts.

Other aircraft recently confirmed also include a RAF Puma HC2 helicopter and RAF C-130J Hercules which will both be appearing at the show.

Despite this week's wet weather, organisers are confident that the rain won't cause them any issues.

The airfield has great drainage and the ground is still firm despite this week's heavy rain.

As a precaution we've got extra trackway coming into the car parks and around the showground this year, so our visitors shouldn't face any problems.

The weather forecast for the weekend is very good so we expecting to match last year's sell-out crowds.

– Clive Elliott, Air Show Director
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