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Fabricant with his collection bucket
This Monday the Lichfield Greenhill Bower will see hundreds turn out in Lichfield to enjoy one of it’s many traditions. Amongst those attending the annual festival will be Lichfield MP, Michael Fabricant, who will be proudly taking public money all in the name of charity. When asked about why he was doing it, Fabricant said,
I couldn’t make up my mind whether to do some Morris Dancing like previous years or whether to do something different.  So I thought I would collect for local charities – not expenses! – with my bucket.
The MP will also attend the Court of Arraye, a ceremony which dates back to the 12th century where the magistrates of each major town and city in England would assess how many men were fit to fight in a war. Then, at 12 noon, the Bower Queen will be crowned by the Mayor of Lichfield outside the Guildhall after the procession from Greenhill to the Guildhall at 11:45am.
Green Man's Morris leading the procession last year
The street carnival will then begin with a procession of boats. It will be led by Green Man’s Morris and Sword Club who have now led the procession for the last  54 years. Over 50 entries will take part in the procession including Darwin House, St. Josephs School, St. Giles Hospice and National Memorial Arboretum. Once the procession is over there will be plenty going on in Beacon Park. The highlight of the day will be the headliners, the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas who, after taking part in the procession will be showing off their world famous Knife Dance. The park will also hold a fun fair and trade and charity stalls. As if that wasn’t enough, visitors can also enjoy the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, including a 1942 Dakota aircraft at around 4:14pm. If you’re attending the Bower this year, why not take some photos and send them in? You can e-mail them to or you can post your photos to our Greenhill Bower 2009 Flickr group.  
The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas

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