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Jamba Samba for Radford Diamond

The people of Radford Diamond will be putting their Samba skills to the test next week at the Nauls Mill Family Fun Day.

Around 20 people from the estate have been attending samba workshops run by newly-formed local Afro-Caribbean voluntary group JAMBA and will be performing for the first time in public at the day next Wednesday.

The procession will open the event, organised by local residents and groups supported through Area Co-ordination North West, which attracted over 400 people last year.

There is a host of entertainment for all ages including activities organised by Active Zone, parachute games, reflexology sessions, coaching by the Coventry Crusaders basketball team, demonstrations by the West Midlands Young Fire Fighters and face painting.

Phil Dunn, Area Co-ordinator for the North West, said the day, which runs from 1pm to 4pm in Nauls Mill Park, was a true community event.

He said:

"Local people, Coventry City Council, West Midlands Fire Service, the police and voluntary organisations have all worked closely together through Area Co-ordination to organise what will be a memorable event.

"The is the forth annual festival and companies and groups ranging from Jaguar Cars to the Allesley Court Residential Home have given prizes for various competitions and we have had tremendous support."

CARAT - the Coundon and Radford Action Team - a new community group, will also use the event to carry out a consultation exercise, asking local people for their views on the park. The information will then be assessed and will be used in future decisions about the area.

Coventry City Council Cabinet Member (Service Co-ordination) Councillor Phil Townshend said the event served a useful purpose as well as providing entertainment.

"These events bring people together. I know that numerous groups have helped organise the family fun day and that co-operation is vital in any community.

"The Council's Cultural Development department Parks Team Active Zone have been involved and are laying on some great games throughout the event."

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