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Midlands News: 20.02.1963: Redditch Vox Pops

A cinema? Football? A swimming pool? What does Redditch need as it stands on the brink of a life changing new town development?

Non-Fiction 1963 2 mins

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Redditch was not designated a new town officially until April 1964. More than a year earlier Tim Downes visited the town for Midlands News to gauge opinion on the proposal to greatly enlarge what had been a small industrial town to house families moving from nearby Birmingham.

During the development of Redditch as a new town the population grew from 30,000 to 70,000.