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Lichfield included in new book celebrating the best of the UK

Lichfield is set to feature in a new book celebrating various parts of the UK.

The city will star in R2D2 Lives in Preston – the best of Toasting The Nation by BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny after being recommended by one of the station’s listeners.

Fixmytweet project leader Stuart Harrison

Stuart Harrison

Stuart Harrison nominated the city for a place in the book by sharing facts such as it having the only three spired cathedral in the country and being the place that saw Edward Wightman become the last person to be burned at the stake for heresy.

Stuart also pointed out that it was the home of Samuel Johnson, the author of the first dictionary and that other local heroes included Erasmus Darwin, David Garrick, Helen Baxendale and Radio 2’s Richard Allinson.

He told The Lichfield Blog:

“Although I don’t live in Lichfield any more, I still work here and visit the city every weekday, as well as socialising there quite a bit, so I see it as my hometown. I listen to 6 Music regularly and heard a lot of people read off facts about their dull towns and cities, and thought ‘Lichfield has got a FAR more interesting history than this lot’, so emailed in and, to my surprise, I got on.

“I’m dead chuffed that my facts have got into print and it hopefully means the brilliance of Lichfield will be spread far and wide as a result!”

Other cities to feature in the book include Sidcup, because Mike Jagger and Keith Richards first agreed to form a band on the platform of the railway station, and Weymouth, because it was allegedly home to Lassie.

R2D2 Lives in Preston – the best of Toasting The Nation is released in paperback on November 19, priced £9.99.

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  1. Rich Spencer

    17th November, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Nice one Stu!

  2. BrownhillsBob

    17th November, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Well done!

    Best wishes