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Balsall Heath Adventure Playground: Ray Wills Interview

Balsall Heath Adventure Playground: Ray Wills

Ray Wills (first play-leader at the playground in the late 1960s).

Ray Wills discusses working as the main playleader at Balsall Heath adventure playground in the late 1960s, street-fighting, Old & New Balsall Heath, dens and forts, the Bishop of Birmingham paying a visit to the playground, Cannon Hill Park Tulip Festival, gaining the trust of local families, setting up a beach and lots more.

Ray’s latest book, Adventures in Child’s Play, is available to buy here.

Balsall Heath Malvern St Adventure Playground 1975. Image courtesy of Mick Turner.

Image Credit: Mick Turner



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