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Weekend Picks: St George’s Day Celebrations in West Bromwich and Sandwell

This Saturday Manor House Museum will host a St George’s Day Family Fun Day.

St George’s Day Celebrations Credit: Sandwell Council Museums Service

There will be a re-enactment encampment, magic, crafts and much more. Food will also be available.

Then on Sunday it’s the annual St George's Day Parade and Family Fun Day. A parade will leave Westminster Road around 10.45am and arrive at Dartmouth Park an hour later.

The Royal British Legion will lead the parade and a remembrance and respect ceremony and one minute silence in the park at 12 noon.

The fun day then runs until 5pm, with a host of entertainment, including Pat Collins Fun Fair, At the fun day there’ll be bouncy castles, slides, go-karts, live performances and a children’s magic show.

There will be loads to see and do, and visitors can get a glimpse of this beautiful 13th century building. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.

– Jane Hanney, Sandwell Council’s Museums Service

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.sandwell.gov.uk/joininmuseums

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Hundreds gather to pay tribute to Sandwell Council leader

Hundreds gathered to pay respect to Darren Cooper Credit: ITV News Central

A minute's silence has been held in memory of Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper who died suddenly on Saturday.

Hundreds of employees gathered outside Oldbury Civic Square to pay their respects. The 52-year-old had been a councillor for Soho and Victoria in Smethwick since 1991, and became council leader in 2009. A book of condolence has also been opened at the council house.

The Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council, Steve Eling has said he's not surprised by how many people turned up to pay tribute to Cooper.

Silence held in memory of Sandwell Council leader

People gathered to remember Darren Cooper this morning. Credit: Pat Fenelon / ITV News Central

A minute's silence has been held in memory of Darren Cooper, the Sandwell Council leader who died on Saturday aged 52.

He had represented the Soho and Victoria ward in Smethwick since May 1991 and became Leader of Sandwell Council in December 2009.

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Tributes to Sandwell Council leader who has died aged 52

The Sandwell Council Leader, Darren Cooper, has been described as 'one of the most important labour leaders in Britain' by Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour Party leader joined other politicians who have paid tribute to the 52-year-old, after he died suddenly on Saturday night.

Mr Cooper had been a councillor for Soho and Victoria in Smethwick since 1991, and became council leader in 2009. Hannah Gamlin reports.

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Darren Cooper's contribution to Sandwell and the Black Country is immeasurable'

The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has paid tribute to the Leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper, who had died at the age of 52.

Councillor Darren Cooper, the leader of Sandwell Council, had died at the age of 52. Credit: andwell Metropolitan Borough Council

“Darren’s contribution to Sandwell and the Black Country is immeasurable. A councillor for nearly twenty five years and leader of Sandwell Council since 2009, he was one of the most important Labour Leaders in Britain. He was a huge talent - he fought for Labour values to get the best for the people that he served so diligently in Sandwell. Our movement is diminished by his loss and his experience, charisma and leadership will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Labour Party I would like to express our deepest sympathies to his family at this extremely sad time.”

– Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Tony Blair: 'Cooper was one of Labour’s most committed and passionate local government leaders'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid tribute to Councillor Darren Cooper, Leader of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, who passed away yesterday, aged 52.

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper passed away yesterday. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/Press Association Images and Sandwell Council.

Darren Cooper was one of Labour’s most committed and passionate local government leaders of the last twenty years and stood resolute in his support for the people of Sandwell.

A long-serving councillor, he worked diligently to implement Labour’s core values of social justice and equality of opportunity despite the huge challenges faced by local government over the last few years.

My deepest sympathies are with Darren’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.

– Former Prime Minister Tony Blair
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