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A Peaky Weekend

Our Peaky Blinders Tours are happening this weekend, and it seems everyone wants a piece of the action!

Keith Watson, The Metro’s TV critic, wrote a fantastic review of Peaky Blinders saying it should “take the BBC all of three seconds to sign up this blinding show for a second series.” Read the full review here.

Why aren’t the fashion stores filled with flat caps and waistcoats?

With its cinematic sweep, grinding guitar riffs and a rich stew of a plot that stirred the political and the personal with lively relish, Peaky Blinders was a period drama with swagger. Its tale of gangland desperadoes cutting deals and waging turf wars revealed a side and time of England that’s rarely seen the light of day.

The BBC last week confirmed rumours that a second series has been commissioned. Hurrah!

Digbeth Residents Association has planned four Peaky Tours to celebrate the lawless past of our fair city, and all the tickets were snapped up in under 48 hours! It seems that the show and the prospect of retracing some historic steps in Digbeth has really captured the imaginations of Brummies and those further afield.

The media has also taken a keen interest in the tours: the Birmingham Mail has covered our tours and the speed at which they sold out. Our tour guide, Rosie Pocklington, was interviewed on BBC WM this morning by Pete Morgan; listen again here (scan to 1:55:00 – available for a limited time only).

To top this all off, tune in to BBC Midlands Today this evening to see Rosie giving the team a sneak peak of what to expect this weekend!

We’re really grateful for all this coverage, and just hope the tours live up to the hype! Once things have settled down, we hope to be in a position to announce future tour dates, so make sure to keep checking our website and Twitter pages for updates.

Radio Digbeth

Back in June, you may have heard our Chair John Gordon and Secretary Pamela Pinski feature on BBC Radio WM. DRA were invited onto Pete Morgan’s Breakfast Show to discuss HS2 draft plans for Digbeth, and in particular, the proposals for Eastside City Park.

On the same day, an article written by Joe Holyoak – architect, urban designer and friend of Digbeth – was published in the Birmingham Mail. Joe’s article offers a comprehensive but concise explanation of the proposed effects of HS2 on Digbeth and Birmingham as a whole. Click here to read Joe’s opinion piece.

You can hear the BBC Radio WM interviews in full below:

Pamela Pinski

John Gordon

DRA submitted a response to HS2 regarding the Draft Environmental Statement earlier this month. You can read the response in full here.

DRA’s Val on BBC WM Radio

As reported on Wednesday, our very own Chairperson Val Woodward appeared on BBC WM Radio on Thursday morning talking about the St Patrick’s Day festival.

If you missed it, please click here to listen to the whole show, but you only have 5 days left to listen online!
DRA is mentioned in the news at 31 minutes in, and 39 (and a bit minutes) in Val is interviewed by Phil Upton.

Well done to Val and here’s to DRA gaining more local media coverage in future. Of course, we will keep you up to date with any information we hear about the St Patrick’s Day Festival 2012 as soon as we know about it.

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