Lichfield’s Mayor and Sheriff pay tribute to city’s community spirit

The Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield have hailed the city’s community spirit.

Cllr Andrew Smith and Cllr Mike Sheldon made their comments in a joint Christmas message.

Cllr Andew Smith and Cllr Mike Sheldon

Cllr Andew Smith and Cllr Mike Sheldon

They said: “Our year in office so far has been a wonderful experience with so many memories stored away for the future.

“Not only have we received a warm welcome from many local organisations, it has also been a great honour to be part of the City’s traditions such as the Greenhill Bower, Dr Johnson’s Birthday Celebrations and of course the Sheriff’s Ride. These and many other events were enjoyed by ourselves and the large numbers of people from Lichfield and those further afield that attended them.

“All this is a timely reminder of just how lucky we are to be part of such a wonderful community – caring, sharing and welcoming – the essence of Christmas.

“Our experience is that Lichfield manages to do this all year round.”

The civic leaders also paid tribute to the generosity of local residents.

“It is shown even more by the great generosity of the people attending our charity events,” they explained. “We have already raised thousands of pounds for our two charities, Lichfield First Responders and Macmillan Cancer Support, including an exceptional amount at the recent Mayor and Sheriff’s Charity Ball.

“We thank everyone again for their generosity in supporting these causes, especially at this time of year.

“The city has a great tradition of giving generously to the less fortunate and once again everyone has excelled themselves.

“We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.”

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