Ken Knowles
Ken Knowles

Lichfield’s new town crier has been confirmed as the compere for the city’s Proms in the Park event.

Ken Knowles will take to the stage in Beacon Park on September 5 Lichfield to introduce the line-up of classical musicians.

The event will be the culmination of a busy day for Ken as he is on official duty at the Sheriff’s Ride prior to Proms in the Park in the evening.

Former teacher Ken said:

“Since I retired from teaching I have more time to do the things I enjoy doing. I was delighted to be asked to compere Proms in the Park. As Town Crier and toastmaster, I’m used to addressing large numbers of people, but the Proms’ audience will be my biggest yet!”

Beth Osman, Lichfield District Council’s Heritage Parks Manager and Proms Organiser, said:

“We’re thrilled that Ken will be compering Proms in the Park. He is perfect for the role because he is sure to get the huge audience into the Proms spirit.”

Ken took up his position as the city’s official Toastmaster, Sword Bearer and Town Crier earlier this year. He is already well known to local people, having performed with many theatrical and pantomime groups.

Ken will announce the Sheriff’s Ride outside the Guildhall on September 5 at 10.30am. The ride dates from Queen Mary’s Charter of 1553 in which Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and made a separate county with the right to appoint its own Sheriff. The Charter commanded the Sheriff to ‘perambulate the new county and city annually on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary’. This year, Sheriff Mr Simon Price will lead riders around the 22 mile city boundary.

This year’s Proms in the Park features music from the British Police Symphony Orchestra, Lichfield Operatic Society and Bella Musica.

Lichfield District Council’s leisure services team will also be making an appearance, providing pre-concert activities for children including an inflatable caterpillar.


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