Blues gives Rooney the boot
Plus an evening at the Birmingham death cafe
Good morning readers — welcome to Tuesday’s Dispatch.
And a very happy new year to you all! I hope you managed to indulge in a bit of what you needed over the Christmas break, whether that was partying or succumbing to the allure of a duvet day or two. My Christmas started out great, right up until I fell ill on Boxing Day and had to cancel all of my plans until New Year’s Eve. Still, I did make it out to the cinema to see Priscilla yesterday which I highly recommend.
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Brum in Brief
⚽ Wayne Rooney has been sacked by Birmingham City FC following poor performance by the team which won just two of 15 matches since he became manager in October. In a statement published by the Metro, Rooney said 13 weeks was not “sufficient to oversee the changes that were needed” to improve the club.
🎭 A pantomime for grown-ups ended its run following just one show after complaints it was “too adult”. Bewdley and the Beast at The Civic in Stourport was written and performed by troupe Bewdley Town Criers. They issued a statement, insisting the nature of their scripts is “risqué, but never too vulgar”, BirminghamLive reports.
🚘 Residents living near a Walsall M6 junction undergoing £78m improvements to ease congestion have complained it is a waste of money. Engineer and local Ian Leadsam also raised safety concerns for pedestrians crossing the junction. He told the BBC: "I truly believe someone will get badly injured.” National Highways has insisted the project is safe.
🏗️ The question of whether to demolish the Ringway Centre has resurfaced following Birmingham City Council’s decision to reconsider. The BBC has heard from those for and against bulldozing this mid-century building.
🧑🏫 The history of Birmingham’s brass industry will be brought to life in a talk by local lecturer Dr Duncan Frankis at the Thinktank museum tomorrow night. Tickets are free and the event begins at 7pm.
☕ There are limited spaces for tomorrow night’s death cafe at Tilt. The session provides a welcoming space to have “interesting, thought provoking and life-affirming conversations” related to death. It’s free and starts at 6.30pm.