Speakers’ Corner in Lichfield is set to celebrate its first birthday.
The Dam Street site was launched in 2009 and became the second Speakers’ Corner outside London and has seen talks on issues such as Fairtrade, the Staffordshire Hoard and skateboarding during its first year.
The landmark will be celebrated with a piece of artwork being unveiled at 11am on May 1.
Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Chair Lichfield Speakers’ Corner Committee and Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral, said:
“To celebrate a very successful first year, we’re planning a fun community get together. We’ll be unveiling a fantastic new temporary sound sculpture by local artist Peter Walker and there’ll be talks by local secondary pupils. And, with free party bags and party cakes for children young and old, it‘s set to be a great celebration. So, come along and celebrate the anniversary of the city’s new heart of public debate and free speech.”
The morning’s festivities will also include an appearance from the Town Crier, talks and a great cake giveaway at 12 noon hosted by Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council.
To help mark the occasion children who have recently celebrated their own first birthdays will be given a certificate and party bag.