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Weekend Picks: Sandwell & Birmingham Mela

Sandwell & Birmingham Mela: Sat 16th - Sun 17th (Victoria Park, Smethwick)

80,000 people attended the two-day festival last year. Credit: Birmingham Mela

Thousands of visitors will head to Victoria Park in Smethwick this weekend for the UK’s biggest Asian festival

The festival combines live international music performances, stalls, food, arts, community showcases, workshops and a funfair.

Over 100 artists and groups are set to perform at the event including Bollywood singer Mika Singh and artists Sukshinder Shinda, Zack Knight, Resham Anmol, Hardy Sandhu and Zora Randhawa.

The Mela is months of hard work and dedication by the team. This year we have put in the extra effort and are bringing something really special. Staging Mika Singh will make the Mela even bigger and attract a much diverse audience. Mika is India’s biggest Bollywood singer and he will rock the UK audience!"

– Danny Singh, Director of Sandwell & Birmingham Mela

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in place on the following roads on event days between 11.30 and 19.00:- Corbett Street, Suffrage Street, Scribbans Close, Pritchard Close, Ballot Street, Exeter Road, Jordan Close, Barnstaple Road, Tiverton Road, Dawlish Road, Victoria Park Road, Ron Davis Close, Pool Road, Salcombe Road, Amity Close, Pool Road, Allan Close

For opening times and more information visit: http://www.sandwell.gov.uk

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Police concerned for missing Sandwell man

Carl Ward Credit: West Midlands Police

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Sandwell man.

Carl Ward, aged 32, has been missing from his home in Smethwick since Thursday 26 May.

Mr Ward was last seen wearing a black trench coat, sand coloured jeans, black Nike trainers and a navy blue Timberland woollen hat.

Inspector Dave Southam from Sandwell Police, said:

Mr Ward has not been missing before and this is totally out of character, so we are understandably worried.

– Inspector Dave Southam

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