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FLING on that coveted tartan scarf, totter on your platforms and get ready to bop to the sound of seventies pin up Bay City Roller, Eric Faulkner when he headlines at the Women's Chainmaker's Festival this weekend.

FLING on that coveted tartan scarf, totter on your platforms and get ready to bop to the sound of seventies pin up Bay City Roller, Eric Faulkner when he headlines at the Women's Chainmaker's Festival this weekend.

Held at the Black Country Museum, the festival returns for its fourth year and celebrates the contribution made by women to the region's industrial heritage through music, drama, poetry and performance.

Although teenage audiences swooned over the Rollers who topped the charts with hits like 'Bye Bye Baby', singer Eric is now an acclaimed songwriter and acoustic guitarist.

Drawing on his trade union roots - Eric's father was a shop steward for the GMB union -the performer is set to play songs from the trade union movement as well as his own composition, 'The Chainmakers' Song - England's Disgrace', especially for the chainmakers which will debut at this year's festival.

Alan Weaver, Festival Coordinator said: "The Midlands Trade Unions are delighted to welcome Eric Faulkner to the festival and we very much hope it will be the first of many visits.

"Many trade unionists attending the festival will remember Eric's 1970s pop career and will be enthralled to hear the thoughtful and incisive lyrics of his more recent work. Eric will bring a new dimension to celebrating the 1910 women chainmakers' dispute."

Tickets are available from the Museum's booking office on 0121 520 8054. Tickets cost: £12.50 adults, £10.00 Senior Citizens, £6.75 Children.

 

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