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Lichfield museums join historical trail across Staffordshire

Dr Johnson's Birthplace sign. Pic: Elliott Brown

Dr Johnson's Birthplace sign. Pic: Elliott Brown

Lichfield museums are among a number of Staffordshire attractions taking part in a historical trail.

Staffordshire Regiment Museum in Whittington and the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum are joining the County Museum at Shugborough and seven others for the Every Object Tells a Story trail which will run throughout the school holidays.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“Staffordshire has a fascinating history and by taking part in this fun museums trail people will be able to discover more about museums across the county and see first hand some of the interesting collections held within them.”

More information about the Every Object Tells a Story museums trail is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/museums.

Young people in Staffordshire joined their German friends to honour the brave servicemen who lost their lives in the two world wars.

The ceremony of remembrance on Saturday was part of the 48th annual exchange visit between Bremen and Staffordshire.

Bethany Secker and Chulainn O’Toole, both aged 17 and from Stone, were joined by 25 youngsters from overseas for the service at the Commonwealth and German military cemeteries.

Chairman of Staffordshire County Council Mrs Erica Bayliss and the Manager of the German War Graves Commission Bremen Area Rolf Reimers led the ceremony.

Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet member for Community and Culture, and Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police Mike Cunningham also paid their respects.

Mrs Bayliss said: “The remembrance ceremony was extremely moving and it was very clear that it touched the hearts of those who attended.

“It was really encouraging to see the young people extending the hand of friendship and honouring the brave servicemen from home and abroad.”

The group, led by a youth leader, has been helping to tend the graves at the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof.

The cemetery is situated on Cannock Chase where the majority of German servicemen who died in the UK during both world wars were laid to rest.

Mrs Bayliss added: “The young people have done a wonderful job tidying up the cemetery and their sense of pride can be seen in the quality of their work. It is a true tribute to the servicemen who lost their lives during the two world wars.”

The young people arrived in Staffordshire on July 19 and will be spending two weeks in the county. Mr Reimers arrived on July 23 for the ceremony.

During their visit, the young guests have enjoyed a taste of British culture by going ten pin bowling, tucking into a barbecue and taking part in a daytrip to Cadbury World.

The volunteers have also been working side by side with members of the Royal British Legion.

Bethany and Chulainn have stayed with the young people from Breman at the county council’s Laches Wood outdoor education centre in South Staffordshire .

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