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Lichfield celebrated St George’s day in style – with a traditional court in the Guildhall. The St George’s Court dates back to the 1600’s when everyone in the city was compelled to attend, to sort out the area’s business. Traditionally held at noon, it was held together by the Steward of the manor of Lichfield – a role which this year went to Peter Young. The residents elected the officials, the high constables and petty constables. But the job everyone wanted was that of the ale taster. Reports from the constables and officials for that year were given at the meeting – a sort of town AGM. It’s all fun now though – Conservative parliamentary candidate Michael Fabricant took a break from campaigning to be elected as the head of the jury, choosing the constables. A role he played up to well: Proposals put forward include changing the city’s car parking machines to fruit machines, a duckhouse on Stowe pool and moat cleaning for anyone that needs it! The jury also imposes fines on those unable to attend – but they’ve got to hear the funny excuses first of all. There were 18 of them this year, with fines including two turkeys, three grapes and two weeks of hard labour. The event also saw morris dancers and live music performances.

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