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The chairman of Lichfield District Council has reflected on 2011 – and highlighted what promises to be a “memorable” 2012.
Councillor Bernard Derrick, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “Lichfield District is always a lovely place to celebrate Christmas.
“From the city’s Christmas festival and Burntwood’s lantern parade, through to Lichfield Garrick’s production of A Christmas Carol and the chance to visit Santa’s Grotto at Chasewater Railway, there has been plenty to give you some festive cheer.
“I think there is nothing better than going to a church service at this time of year, to remind ourselves of why these celebrations take place. And, my wife, Judith, and I are very much looking forward to the Christmas morning service at Lichfield Cathedral, which is set to be broadcast live to the nation on BBC One.
“Looking back at 2011, it has been full of highlights as chairman of the district council, including going to the summer garden party at Buckingham Palace in June, then meeting the Queen when she visited Lichfield later in the summer, and being one of the 14,000 people to see stunning pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard at the cathedral, as part of the summer’s touring exhibition.
“I also very much enjoyed inviting civic dignitaries to the district on two occasions to join me on tours of Whittington Barracks and the National Memorial Arboretum.
“The year ended with a street naming ceremony, when I helped to cut the ribbon to the new Robert Davies Walk this December. In memory of a young soldier who was killed in Lichfield over 20 years ago, it was a moving dedication and one that will stay with me.
“Next year is set to be a memorable one, with the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay passing through Lichfield District, the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“I hope 2012 is a happy and prosperous year for everyone in the district, and I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”