Peace concert held in Kidderminster

By Jamie Brassington | Kidderminster | Music | Published:

A free concert was held in a Midlands town to promote peace.

Jonn Penney with college principal Andy Dobson, Mark Murray, from Youth Futures, and, front, Todd Maforimbo

The World Peace Day Concert, organised by MAS Lab, took place at Kidderminster College.

Around 200 people turned up to hear a variety of performances from musicians, authors and speakers.

The event was held to coincide with the international World Peace Day, which took place on Saturday.

Organiser John Penney, founder of Stourbridge-based rock band Ned's Atomic Dustbin, said: "The outstanding message from the whole day was that world peace steams from peace of mind, no matter what the situation or the person or location.

"The idea is if you can find inner peace, you will be happy. If there are no disputes within a community, then the community is happy.

"And if there is no dispute within the community, the nation is happy. And if nations are happy, there are no wars."

The people that performed included a brass band, which performed the anthems of nations from across the world, and a 12-year-old poet from Wolverhampton.

Mr Penney continued: "It was a great, inspirational and moving event which delivered a message that we can make change."

Kevyn Gammond, who runs MAS Lab, said: "This year represents Kidderminster College’s 140 year anniversary which coincides with World Peace Day.

"In celebration MAS Lab and Kidderminster College are proud to sign the Peace Pledge."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
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