A book exploring the proud heritage of Mary Stevens Park is set to go on sale with a special launch event planned at the Dudley Council park later this month.
‘Beauty for everyone: The story of Mary Stevens Park’ has been written by the Mary Stevens Park History Group with local historians Roy Peacock and Stephen Howard compiling much of the work.
Beginning with a look at the early years of the glass industry in the 1600s, the book looks at how the park has played an important part in local life for several centuries and features a number of rarely seen images of the area. A number of local volunteers contributed to the work by providing photographs, testimonials, memories and research.
People can purchase a copy of the book for £7.99 from Mary Stevens Coffee Lounge and Oldswinford Coffee Lounge No92 from March 30. Free copies have also been made available for local schools.
Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environment, said:
“It is an honour to meet with the many local historians and volunteers who have made the vision for this fascinating book into a reality.
“The book provides a great insight into local history and also highlights the significant role that green spaces such as Mary Stevens Park continue to play in people’s lives.”
The book is part of a programme of improvements and investments at the park following a £2.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to Dudley Council and The Friends of Mary Stevens Park.
Recent improvements to the park include work to the park gates, war memorial, bandstand and Heath Pool as well as the creation of a new cafe and toilet facilities. A heritage ranger has also been appointed to deliver a programme of activities at the park.
Photo opportunity: Photographers are welcome to attend the launch event at The Sons of Rest Building, Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge on Thursday 30 March at 12pm.