The Worcestershire town of Redditch in the midlands just south of Birmingham has a population of 80,000. In the middle ages the area was known for needle making, a link the town is still proud of and make its craft heritage unique in the midlands. Following industrialisation in the late 18th and early- 19th centuries Redditch became a hub for the motorcycle industry among other specialised manufacturing devleopments.
A 1960s new town with clear indications dotted around the town reflecting the architechtural ideas of the time places to visit locally in Redditch include the National Needle Museum, and Bordesley Abbbey. Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was born in the town, and other famous locals include actor Charles Dance, while Duran Duran's John Taylor went to school in the town.