John Brough and Canon Pete Wilcox at Speakers' Corner
John Brough and Canon Pete Wilcox at Speakers' Corner

Residents are being urged to have their say at Lichfield’s refurbished Speakers’ Corner.

Originally created in 2008, the site has been revamped as part of the Historic Parks Project.

John Brough and Canon Pete Wilcox at Speakers' Corner

Canon Pete Wilcox, Chairman of the Lichfield Speakers’ Corner Committee explained:

“As well as a beautifully-inscribed stone pedestal, the area now boasts a newly walled listening area, and a speaker’s rail. Not only does the new Speakers’ Corner enhance one of the most beautiful areas of our city, it also creates a fantastic platform on which to have your say.

“We would like to thank Lichfield City Council and Lichfield District Council for helping us to improve the look of the area, as part of the Historic Parks Project.”

Since its launch three years ago, Lichfield Speakers’ Corner has gone from strength to strength, and hosted a number of events including pre-election hustings, musical and literary performances, Fairtrade celebrations and a variety of debates on a wide range of issues.

John Brough, former headteacher of the Friary School, and member of the founding committee added:

“Lichfield can be proud that it has the most attractive Speakers’ Corner in the country. I’ve been really pleased to speak up on the corner and I’d encourage others to join in and get involved.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our newly styled Speakers’ Corner becoming well used by local people, and perhaps as famous as London’s Hyde Park Speakers’ Corner. For as our very own Dr Johnson so rightly reminded us: ‘In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it’.”

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