We often get approached by companies and organisations to promote their latest product or event. As I am sure you know, we are pretty strict about the types of organisations that we work with and we use our guiding principles of promoting Birmingham, community, and photography to help us to decide who to work with and who not to work with. So when we were approached by the West Midlands Combined Authority to work with them on the Mayor’s Community Weekend, it felt like a really good fit! We are all about community after all!
Mayor Andy Street’s vision from 2017 came to fruition on the 30th June/1st of July this year with over 120 events promoting the great communities in the area running across the West Midlands. Whether it be the emergency services in Balsall Heath, cardboard box wars in Digbeth, or cycling events in Lichfield, communities across the region put on an amazing range of free events for the public to enjoy. With such a diverse range of events going on, people were encouraged to get out and enjoy the events local to them.
The Team from IGers Birmingham headed out during the weekend to attend a couple of the events that were going on in their local areas. Below is a selection of images from the events we attended, and a few from the event hashtag #WMcommunity that were posted throughout the weekend.
The Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust took advantage of the popular Bournville Carnival for their event, giving information, advice and free seeds on wildflower gardening. As well as giving those that turned up an opportunity to have a go for themselves, the sight of bike polo at Joseph Chamberlain College drew an inquisitive crowd from passers-by on the Moseley Road as well. The welcoming group of regulars took time to explain to them how it worked – although judging by their faces we don’t quite think they were convinced! Images by Beth Astington.
Highgate Fire Station in Balsall Heath was the scene of some seriously hot action thanks to the fantastic staff of West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, and West Midlands Ambulance Service. The men and woman of the emergency services showed a crowd of over 100 how they use jaws of life to rescue people from vehicles involved in car crashes, how they extinguish a fire in the home, and the effects of pouring water onto a chip pan fire! The public got to explore the fire engines, police cars, and ambulances on display, and even set off their sirens, which the kids in attendance loved doing! Images by Fraser McGee.
Here at a few of our favourite images shared on the #WMcommunity hashtag throughout the weekend!
Words by Fraser McGee