Defiant organisers of the King’s Heath Walk of Fame said that the fire that destroyed the former Ritz Ballroom yesterday will not halt their plans to celebrate King’s Heath’s amazing musical heritage this summer.
A whole series of events are planned throughout the summer including:-
- Inducting The Move founder Trevor Burton as the next star on the Walk of Fame on 3rd June with the current line-up of The Move featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton playing the Hare and Hounds in the evening. The Move regularly played at The Ritz when they first started up and tickets for the gig are already on sale price £7 from www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk
- Monthly Lazy Sunday Afternoon sessions at Fletchers Bar directly opposite the former Ritz Ballroom themed around artists who played at The Ritz
- June 9 – Rock ‘n Revival commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Gene Vincent playing The Ritz
- July 7 – All things Kinky commemorating The Kinks performance at The Ritz
- Aug 4 – Girls Afternoon Out commemorating, Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Helen Shapiro and Cilla Black who all played at the Ritz.
An all day Rolling Stones Fest on Saturday 14 Sept to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stones gig at the Ritz with films as well as live and recorded music.
The first ever Birmingham Civivic Society Music Heritage commemorating the Ritz Ballroom has survived the fire and these summer events will keep the music and memories of the 1960’s alive.
Organisers Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker said, “The Ritz Ballroom building may have been destroyed but the memories and music will carry on. We are determined that the key role the Ritz played in Birmingham’s musical heritage will not be forgotten. All the great bands of the 1960’s played at The Ritz. These live events will keep the spirit of The Ritz alive”.
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