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By Tristan Harris Saturday 30 November 2013 Updated: 05/12 11:55
RESIDENTS across Bromsgrove were doing their good deeds last Thursday (November 28), when this year's Day of Kindness took place.
Organiser Phil Haynes was handing out flowers on the High Street and free chocolates, sweets and kindness cards were also given out.
With her flower in hand, Violet Barrowclift said: "It's just what we need in the town - there's a lovely atmosphere and we need more of it.
"This event definitely makes Bromsgrove a better place," she added.
Youngsters from Bromsgrove Pre-Prep School gave out cakes and sang in the town centre, pupils from Parkside Middle handed out gifts and students from North Bromsgrove High performed Beatles' classics and handed out good-will messages.
Jayne Lawrence from Willows Hedgehog Rescue donned a bear onesie and was giving out bear hugs and a host of other organisations also had stalls, including Libby Mae's Little Angels, Truthjuice Birmingham, Drop the Debt, The Basement Project and the Primrose Hospice.
Jayne said: "Some people have just walked past, but others have been coming to the event because they have heard there's a woman giving out free bear hugs.
"I love this event - I look forward to it every year.
"It's a shame it can't be like this everyday."
There was a variety of live entertainment, including performances by Trevor T and Paul Raley, Niven Smith of the band Beechwood, didgeridoo player Dave Mobberley, Lizzie Haynes and Joe Maisey.
Nicola Carless did street aerobics, there was Caribbean food by Lorenzo Richards and the event climaxed with a mass singalong of Bob Marley's One Love and a conga along Bromsgrove High Street.
This is the eighth year the Bromsgrove Day of Kindness has been held and The Standard has backed the event since its launch.
Two visitors who came to the day were Chris Gregory and Jacqui Land-Keavley from Kindness Birmingham which was held for the first time this year in the ICC. And they were impressed by what they saw.
Chris said: "It's a completely different event to the Birmingham one because this one is held in the High Street.
Phil expressed his gratitude to the Fresh Flower Company in Bromsgrove for providing the flowers free of charge for the day and said: "I want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and to the people of Bromsgrove for getting in to the spirit of the day and making it such a success once again."
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