THE SHERIFF'S RIDE 6th September 2008
Published: 28 August 2008
Sheriffs Ride 2007
The annual Sheriff's Ride will take place on Saturday, 6 September. The
Sheriff, Councillor Norma Bacon, will head the ride from the Guildhall
at 10.30 a.m. riding in an open carriage which will then proceed along
Bore Street to be met by the main body of the riders at the junction
with Swan Road and Queen Street. The Ride will then progress along Swan
Road and Bird Street, leaving the city via Cross-in-Hand Lane. The Ride
will re-enter the city via Beacon Street and the Cathedral Close at
approximately 6.15 p.m.
"The Ride is always a great spectacle," said Town Clerk Peter Young,
"and it has particular historic interest as it upholds Queen Mary's
Charter of 1553, which created the office of Sheriff with a requirement
for the Sheriff to make an annual circuit of the City Boundary". The
best place to view the Ride will be at about 10.30 a.m. along Swan Road
from the junction of Queen street down to the Remembrance Gardens.
The main group of riders will assemble at Beacon Park, Bunkers Hill Car
Park, and the public should note that this car park will be therefore be
closed on 6 September until 11.00 a.m.
For those interested in finding out more about the history of the
Sheriff's Ride there will be a talk by John Haggett, Under Sheriff of
Lichfield, in the Guildhall on Saturday, 4 October at 11 am.