September 25th, 2016

More than 400 residents toast town

Updated: 10:59 am, May 07, 2015

MORE THAN 400 people turned out on Saturday to help Bromsgrove’s historic Black Cross pub celebrate its 375th anniversary.

The event featured a variety of activities, including stalls in the garden, a bouncy castle, a karaoke, raffles, a tombola, an ice cream

Landlady Lucille Harrison said: “It was brilliant – the place was absolutely heaving all day.”

The birthday celebration was also a charity fund-raiser for Gloucester Hospital which had helped out the father of one of the Black Cross’ regulars.

The idea was to raise £1,000 to pay for a post-operation monitoring machine for the hospital and, after taking out the overheads, £1,025 was collected.

Lucille added: “We hit our target so that made the day even better.”

The old coaching inn, built on the crossroads at 70 Worcester Road, dates back to 1640 and has links to King Charles II.

It is also said to be haunted with a number of sightings recorded, including a young girl and a soldier.

Having an ice time – Naomi Jordan-Steele and Rich Battye from Fundae Sundae Parties selling icecreams as part of the celebrations. 1415017ABR2

Spring in her step! – Ruby Pointer, four, having fun on the bouncy castle during the Black Cross anniversary celebrations. Pictures by Alex Bradbury. 1415017ABR1