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by Joan Howe

We had been paying more than usual attention to the weather forecast in the days leading up to the 25th of June. To mark the first ever Civic Day we were taking over a stall on the market.

Civic Voice, the national body for Civic Societies had requested that Societies organise various events during the week Saturday 25th June to Sunday 3rd July to raise the profile of Civic Societies and publicize the work they do.

We were lucky ! The weather was fine if a little chilly at times.

The Business Development Officer of the Borough Council co-operated with us on this event and organised various activities of an historic nature during the day.

We met an Anglo Saxon warrior who encouraged us to visit the displays of the Staffordshire Hoard being held in Lichfield, Tamworth etc. Many ‘new’ items are on show having been cleaned and conserved.

King Henry II visited the market and medieval musicians preformed while more energetic spectators joined in some dancing.

A gentleman dressed in Georgian costume took time out from performing at the New Vic Theatre to visit the market.

Children could enjoy the Jester in the Roebuck Centre and play traditional games.

A short walk up to the Museum enabled you to ‘touch the past’ with some hands-on activities.

If you were feeling energetic you could pick up leaflets to guide you on an Inner Town and an Outer Town Heritage Trail. There was a quiz for families to complete as they walked the trails, and a children’s “I Spy around the Guildhall” quiz.

Members of the Society produced the Trails in conjunction with the Borough’s Business Development Officer.

Our leaflets about our Blue Plaques Scheme were available together with our Town Centre Plaques Trail leaflet.

There was considerable interest shown in our display and publicity materials.

Eight members of the Society helped on our stall during the day and answered questions from members of the public.

We were very fortunate in having a stall in a very prominent position and were looked after extremely well by the Market Manager, to whom we extend our thanks.

As this has been a new venture for the Society we had no idea how successful it would be but feedback from all those involved indicates that it was considered to be very worthwhile from every point of view.

Finally thanks to everyone who helped in any way towards the success of this new venture – who knows ? – it may become a regular event !