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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.

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.

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