25 years' service for Lichfield Town Clerk

Published: 28 February 2012

Council members with clerk

A presentation has been made to Lichfield's town clerk, Peter Young, for completing 25 years' service as clerk to the City Council. Councillors organised a collection and presented him with a watch, engraved tankard and a book Phillip Larkin's poems.

Mayor, Brian Bacon, said, "Peter has provided excellent service to this council and this was an important milestone that we felt should be celebrated."

"It was a great surprise for me," said Peter. "I was led to believe I was attending the Guildhall for another event, and then found all the councillors had turned out to make the presentation to me. I was both delighted and honoured."

Peter began as town clerk on 23 February 1987, having previously been clerk at Dronfield in Derbyshire, and Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire. He is only the 26th clerk of the City since 1583, but still has some way to go to beat the record of Charles Simpson who was town clerk of the City for 53 years in the 19th century.