REDDITCH people are being asked to get imaginative about what the borough means to them by contributing to ‘The Redditch Borough Poem’.

The idea is to get lots of different people with different views of the borough to each write a line of a poem, describing what makes the place special and meaningful to them.

Each contributor will be sent the poem up to that point, add their line and send it back to council officers to collate.

The poem will be open for additions until the end of February 2020.

The finished poem will then be performed at a special event in March.

The official title of the poem is yet to be decided and will depend on the responses from residents.

Cllr Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers leisure and cultural services, said: “Poetry is not only fun, it is reflective, artistic, creative, collaborative and anyone can get involved; no matter their age or background. Your submission can be short or long, it can respond to other lines, it can be abstract – the possibilities are endless.”

Poetry can accommodate diverse viewpoints – and the council welcomes different perspectives on Redditch.

The one proviso is that it is unable to accept submissions which are hateful or contain expletives.

If you would like to get involved or would like more information, email or call 01527 534 072.