Published: 09 December 2009

This Christmas brings to a close a very exciting and busy year for Lichfield City. During our year of office we have welcomed several famous guests - we watched proudly as the Mercian Regiment marched through the streets with fixed bayonets and drums beating to enjoy the freedom of the City and we attended as HRH the Prince of Wales visited the Cathedral. The Duke of Gloucester has also visited the Johnson Birthplace and even the "Hairy Bikers" roared in to cook Staffordshire oatcakes on the Market Square! This has been an important year and in September we celebrated in style Dr Johnson's 300th birthday, which brought visitors from all over the world to our historic city. And as an added bonus we have been blessed with sunny days on each of these special occasions.

We have hosted many of our friends from Limburg an der Lahn and Sainte Foy les Lyon and wish the people of our twin towns every success for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Our city has also witnessed some tragic events, but the strength of our community has helped us pulled us through. We appreciate how privileged we are to represent a vibrant city with a rich and varied community. No matter what our background, Christmas has come to represent a festival of peace and joy as we celebrate the birth of Christ with friends and families coming together in a spirit of generosity and goodwill.

We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and as we move into the New Year we know that Lichfield will continue to flourish as a City of warmth and friendship.

The Mayor of Lichfield
Councillor Terry Thomas


The Sheriff of Lichfield
Mr Simon Price