Birmingham’s Middle Earth festival facing the axe

Lord of the Rings fans will have to kick the Hobbit following news Middle Earth looks set to be scrapped.

Devotees of J R R Tolkien were stunned this week to discover an event that celebrates the Birmingham author’s fictional creations faces the axe.

The Birmingham Mail’s website goes on to say

The festival, which attracts 10,000 people, has been plunged in doubt after current organisers stood down.

The Middle Earth Weekend, held at Sarehole Mill, Hall Green, had become a firm favourite with Tolkien enthusiasts the world over.

But the two-day spectacle, where revellers dress as characters from Tolkien novels The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, now looks doomed.

Vivienne Wilkes and Steve Prior have retired as chairman and vice chairman of the voluntary organising committee – and no one has taken-up the reins.

More details can be found on the Birmingham Mail’s website

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