REDDITCH came together to celebrate the life and legacy of the town's most famous musical son John Bonham last weekend.

John Bonham A Celebration II took place across the town for the first time since 2019, and was bigger than ever thanks to the addition of a fringe festival and an arena stage alongside two shows at the Palace Theatre.

Music fans flocked to Redditch from across the UK and beyond, with people travelling from Germany and Norway to pay tribute to the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer.

One couple even travelled as far as Ohio in the United States to commemorate the 41st anniversary of Bonham's untimely death, aged just 32 years old.

Ros Sidaway, director of the festival, said: "It was a great day, the bands all enjoyed playing and loved performing at the festival again.

"For me the highlight of the day was the Clearwater Creed Revival for the music. All the acts in the arena were incredible.

"It was good to see a lot of people out and about at the arena and the fringe and possibly out enjoying live music for the first time in 18 months."

Respected names from the rock and blues world took to the stage at the Palace Theatre for a matinee and evening performance, including John Coughlan's Quo, a tribute to Status Quo and top Led Zeppelin tribute band, CODA.

Money raised from the day will be donated to the Teenager Cancer Trust in the West Midlands to help their vital work.

Ros added: "I want to thank all the musicians, all the volunteers and stewards, all that helped with kit and equipment, Palace Drum Clinic, Top Banana Studios and the Event Services UK team and all of our sponsors. Thanks to everyone who came and made the day a success."