Many thanks to our partners and colleagues at KDYT for a wonderful celebration of 50 years of providing opportunities and support to young people in the locality. Five members of our Friends group attended the event at the Youth House in the centre of Kidderminster just across the Ring Road and adjacent to St George's Park. We have been meeting at the refurbished and impressively updated KDYT base for quite a while now and look upon KDYT as a partner in neighbourhood and community development. We were treated to Harriers Pies (including the vegetarian variety) made famous at the Aggborough Stadium, home to Kidderminster Harriers FC and also to cottage pies and cheese pies at the top of the premier division of football ground fare. Having enjoyed our Harriers pies and excellent local ale from Bewdley Brewery we were treated to two videos about KDYT featuring its founder former Mayor Charles Talbot and Trustee local councillor Fran Oborski, who were both also there in person. The videos featuring current staff and users paid tribute to the project that began in 1966 and which both Charles and Fran provided the background story to. Dancing featuring the Belly Fusion Dance Collective opened the entertainment with an impressive display of gypsy/belly dance fusion and later more entertainment from the Talking Props Theatre Company, whose singing and dancing skills illuminated extracts from 'Happy Days'. Our presence at this important local celebration, attended by the current Mayor Cllr Rose Bishop and Deputy Mayor Cllr Mary Rayner and MC'd by Rev Justin Parker, symbolises the widespread support in the area for the Friends group and especially for our pet project Let's Eat the Park (LEAP). The evening's celebration of a vision by Charles Talbot half a century ago, which is a reality today that is still expanding and developing is looked upon as a role model for LEAP and its sustainability agenda. The natural affinity between the People's Park and our near neighbour the Youth House is built upon a commitment to make our town and the locality as environmentally friendly and sustaining as we can possibly achieve. KDYT were very quick to recognise the importance of volunteer community organisations working together, to provide a network of mutual support to each other and to all of the community reaching out to people of all ages. Events like KDYT's Celebration and Awards Evening strengthen these bonds and join up more of the the dots, as any resilient community must do if it is to reach its full potential. We thank our hosts for inviting us to an event that reminds us that what we are doing is for the long haul and sustainability transcends all fixed term initiatives and transient administrations with a much bigger generational mission. Kidderminster and District Youth Trust is an inspiration to all of us who are working to translate the bigger picture in ways that have a practical impact in the here and now. We wish KDYT another 50 years of success in engaging young people's imagination and energies to work toward a more fulfilling and inclusive local scene - congratulations and very well done! We all had a really great time.
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