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Create Central, the West Midlands trade body for the creative content sector, has assembled a star-studded array of home-grown industry talent to join its existing membership to act as global roving ambassadors for the region.

Create Central Chair Ed Shedd said: “I’m delighted to announce that Sir Lenny Henry has agreed to be a Create Central Champion, alongside Steven Knight, Adil Ray, Marverine Cole, Angela Ferreira, and more amazing industry leaders.

Nearly 400 years before the birth of Louis Armstrong a Black musician in London’s Greenwich Palace was making a healthy living playing the trumpet. In fact, he was not just making a living; he was amongst the highest-paid musicians in the court of Henry VIII.

Having also played for his father Henry VII, court accounts reveal that John Blanke successfully petitioned him for a wage increase from 20 Shillings a month to 40 (Shillings) a month.