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Weekend Picks: Stafford Blues Festival

Fri 2nd - Sun 4th Sept (Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge)

Organisers say musicians from all over the UK are expected to attend. Credit: Paul Milgate-Scarrott

Organisers say musicians from all over the UK are expected to attend the second Blues Festival in Stafford this weekend.

From Friday night and throughout the weekend there will be a mixture of blues and rock mixed soul, jazz and funk.

It’s not just music, there’ll be a variety of food available throughout the weekend, children’s entertainment including animal feeding in the petting farm to a Maize Maze children can have a wander around in.

“We have an amazing lineup of artists playing over the weekend all types of rock and blues many returning again this year as they blew everyone away last year. - Lorraine Conkey, Event Director

The weekend line up includes: Rainbreakers, Cold Flame, Used Blues, Rain Acoustic Duo from Stoke, Narn, Barrelhouse Jukes.

For times, prices and more information visit: www.staffordbluesfestival.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Food & Craft Market

Food & Craft Market: Sat 20th Aug (Penkridge Market, Stafford)

Pickles - Ben Rabbits Credit: Penkridge Market

Penkridge Market will be holding a Fine Food & Craft Market this weekend where visitors will be able to sample and buy local produce from cheeses, breads and olives, to homemade cakes, pies and preserves.

There will also be local farms, selling meat and poultry, as well as a fresh fish counter.

It’s not just food that will be at the market, shoppers will be able to purchase handmade jewellery, vintage gifts and homeware from craft stall holders.

For times and more information visit: www.penkridgemarket.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Motor Show

Classic Motor Show: Sun 31st July (Stafford Castle, Stafford)

Ray Herritts with his Austin Standard 10. The motor will feature alongside other classic cars this weekend. Credit: Stafford Borough Council

Thousands of visitors are expected at Stafford Castle this Sunday for the classic motor show.

Now in its twelfth year there’ll be awards for the ‘Best Vehicles in Class’. Competition categories include: Pre 1920; 1920s & 30s, 1940s & 50s, 1960s & 70s, Future Classics, Best Vintage Tractor; Best Classic Commercial, Best Military Classic and Best Vintage Motorcycle.

Organisers of the car show are also inviting owners of veteran, vintage, classic and collectors’ cars to book their vehicles into the show.

For opening times and more information visit: www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritageevents

Warning after battery charger starts house fire

Stock photo of a charger Credit: PA

Firefighters are warning people to be vigilant after attending a house fire in Stafford that was started by a battery charger.

The incident happened on Mallard Avenue last night. It's thought charger overheated in the garage connecting to the kitchen of the detached 4 bedroom property when the owner left the property.

I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to regularly test smoke detectors, and would recommend testing them at least on a weekly basis. Working smoke alarms should be fitted on every floor of your home. It takes a matter of seconds to do a test but could save your life and your family’s lives.

– Dez Stoddart, station manager
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