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Petition Birmingham City Council to list the Ritz Ballroom site as an Asset of Community Value

Above: Hoakser's Mural commemorating the old Ritz Ballroom that is currently in storage

Negotiations between the newly formed Ritz Arts Centre charity (of which the Walk of Fame is a partner) and the owner of the old Ritz Ballroom site have currently broken down. This is because the owner has twice failed to produce his own independent written valuation of the site after agreeing to do so. The Ritz Arts Centre CIO has, therefore, applied to Birmingham City Council to have the land at 2 York Road listed as an Asset of Community Value under Section 88 of the Localism Act. If the land is listed then should the owner put the land up for sale we must be given an opportunity to buy the land and some time to raise the money to do so.

So we have started an e petition that asks the Council to:-

1) list the land at 2 York Road, Kings Heath, B14 2RZ (the former Ritz Ballroom site) as an Asset of Community Value

2) ensure that any re-development of the site incorporates the first Birmingham Civic Society Music Heritage Plate awarded to commemorate the Ritz Ballroom and also the Kings Heath Walk of Fame pavement stars for Toyah Willcox, Trevor Burton and Tommy Godwin

3) actively assist and support the Ritz Arts Centre Trustees to develop an Arts Centre in Kings Heath containing a multi function performance space and a Pop History Museum

We want to ensure that the important musical legacy of the Ritz Ballroom is not lost in any re-development and a new Performing Arts Centre is created for a new generation!

Please sign the e petition at:-
http://epetition.birmingham.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/RitzBallroom

Below: The unveiling of the first Birmingham Music Heritage Plate commemorating the Ritz Ballroom's historic and pivotal role in Birmingham's 1960's and 70's Pop Music Scene

 
King's Heath gets ready to get Stoned again on Sunday 20 September

One of Europe's leading Rolling Stones tribute bands The Stones return to the Hare & Hounds after their sensational show last year in a concert to conclude King's Heath's 52nd Anniversary celebration of The Rolling Stones first ever appearance in Birmingham at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom.

Our day long RollKing Stones Fest 2015  will take place on Sunday 20 September starting with an Acoustic Session featuring top local musicians at Fletchers Bar from 3p.m. to 6 p.m and ending with The Stones performing a two hour show at  7.30 p.m. at the Hare & Hounds next door to the old ballroom.

Formed in London in 1962 by Brian Jones after he met up with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who had been childhood friends, the Rolling Stones started out as a blues group taking their name from the title of a song by Muddy Waters. For the whole of 1962 they played exclusively in the London area. But all that changed on 7 June 1963 after they released their first single a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On". Just a few months later on 14 September 1963 they played one of their first ever gigs outside London and their first ever in Birmingham at King's Heath's Ritz Ballroom. Joining Brian, Mick and Keith on the tiny stage were Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. The day after they returned to London to play at the Great Pop Prom at the Royal Albert Hall! When they next returned to Birmingham they played the much larger Town Hall and Hippodrome before going on to become the world's greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world selling over 200 million albums.

From 3 to 6 pm some fine musicians will perform their interpretations of classic Rolling Stones songs at Fletchers Bar & Eatery. including local hero Rob Peters, roots rockers Mr Apollo, the young and very talented Tim Walkerdine and two groups specially formed for last year's event The Mighty Crawdaddys and Harmonica Bob and Oz who both played storming sets.

From 7.30 to 10.30 pm The Stones will bring to the stage at the  Hare & Hounds all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert in a serious tribute to their music in a sensational climax to the One Day Fest.

Their repertoire covers songs from all periods of the Rolling Stones career, but the majority of songs are from the 1960's and 70's

Don't miss this unique event to commemorate the greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World's Birmingham debut.

"... history repeating itself" (Playhouse, Whitley Bay)

" The Rolling Stones, recreated to absolute perfection" (Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield)

Tickets for the evening concert by The Stones at the Hare and Hounds cost £10 cash in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe,

£10 + booking fee from http://www.skiddle.com/e/12475534

£12 on the door

Tickets for the afternoon Acoustic Session at Fletchers cost £3 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe,

£3.30 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/327329

or £4 on the door.

Advance Ticket sales close at 1 p.m on Sunday 20 Sept. Don't leave it to the last moment and pay more on the door! You really don't want to miss out on this special celebration of the day in 1963 that King's Heath first got stoned!!!

ABOVE: The Rolling Stones photographed at the Royal Albert Hall on 15 September 1963 the day after they made their Birmingham debut at the Ritz Ballroom.

 
Birmingham's King of Swing brings his Rock 'n' Roll Show show to Fletchers on Sunday 10 May

Award winning vocal entertainer Chris King appears in a special show at Fletchers on Sunday 10 May to commemorate the glory days of the old Ritz Ballrooom on King's Heath's York Road

When the ballroom first opened, the audience danced the night away to the big band sounds of the Charlie Simpson Orchestra and then to early appearances by Vince Hill and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Later they danced the night away to great international rock 'n' roll stars like Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent and also up and coming English groups like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks.

Chris will make you smile, laugh, sing and want to dance along to a great selection of the finest rock 'n' roll and swing songs ever written from the 1950's and 1960's onwards in a unique concert to commemorate the rich musical legacy of the old ballroom.

Previously voted Best Male Vocal Entertainer by the Birmingham Entertainments Secretaries Council, Chris always provides a great show that has proven to be a big hit with audiences of all ages.

Don't miss a fantastic 3 hour Lazy Sunday Afternoon Session in KIng's Heath starting at 3 p.m. Advance Tickets cost just £3 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3.30 from www.wegottickets.com/event/311745

Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

 
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