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Lichfield banners back Staffordshire Hoard campaign

Cllr David Smith, Johan Popp and Steve George with one of the new banners

Cllr David Smith, Johann Popp and Steve George with one of the new banners

The fundraising campaign to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the region is being given a boost thanks to three banners across the district of Lichfield.

The first of the banners went up at the Lichfield Garrick theatre, with others following on St John’s House, in Lichfield, and on the railings outside Chase Terrace Technology College in Burntwood.

The banners all carry the message Save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands, and it is hoped they will encourage even more people to donate to the campaign to keep one of the world’s most stunning finds of Anglo-Saxon treasures close to home.

The banners were sponsored by Signature Outdoor Ltd. Managing Partner Steve George, said:

“We were thrilled to print the banners free of charge, and to contribute to such a fantastic cause. We’re hopeful that the banners will help to raise the rest of the much needed funds, which will see a Mercian Trail come to life.”

Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, added:

“If we successfully raise the funds, we’re hoping to develop a Mercian Trail that will feature Lichfield Cathedral, Tamworth Castle, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, as well as a travelling exhibition.

“We believe the trail will be a fantastic way to tell the fascinating stories of the hoard to as many people as possible. We’re confident, given the queues at Birmingham, London and Stoke, and the recent sell out hoard events in our own district, that developing the Mercian Trail will not only be a boost to the local community, but will boost tourism and local businesses.”

Donations to the campaign can be made online at www.artfund.org/hoard.

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