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Excitement is building at the Black Country Living Museum as the venue prepares itself for the return of hit drama Peaky Blinders.

Props have been parachuted into the Dudley museum ahead of the imminent start of filming for the third series of the hit BBC Two show. Cillian Murphy will appear again as Tommy Shelby, head of the family and leader of the notorious Birmingham gang known as the Peaky Blinders.

Local Labour Councillors Keiran Casey and Adam Aston have submitted residents’ views on plans to close The Summerhouse Inn in Woodsetton.

Dudley Council is due to consider plans to replace The Summerhouse Inn on the Sedgley Road in Woodsetton with a new Co-op store.  The new shop would bring 20 new jobs to the area and comes with allocated parking spaces.

This is the latest in a number of local pubs facing closure or demolition.  

Local Labour Councillors Keiran Casey and Adam Aston recently wrote to every resident surrounding the pub asking them their views on the plans.

A petition run by a local resident against the plans has gained over 300 signatures and this is now being submitted to the Planning Department along with other views that residents have put across.

“I’ve been leading the fight to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public over the last year and one of the first things I did when I was re-elected was ask to for a meeting with the Chef Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I don’t think the timing of this announcement is a coincidence.  I got a commitment from Labour’s Shadow Police Minister that he would expect West Midlands Police to keep the station open if Labour won the election.  With the Conservative government planning to make even deeper cuts to policing budgets the closure is now going ahead.

Stourbridge singer Maggie O’Hara will be starring in a World War One  play Brummegem Pals when it comes to Dudley Town Hall in November.

Written by and starring Don Maclean and Malcolm Stent, the play tells the story of two friends, intent on giving up their apprenticeships in favour of adventure. They serve together throughout World War One and it watches their journey from recruitment to the Battle of the Somme.

The performance takes place at Dudley Town Hall on Friday 13 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the box office on 01384 812812 or 0870 320 7000 or online at and cost £19.40.