A Tribute to Ken Knowles by The Mayor of Lichfield

Published: 28 September 2020

I was saddened to learn of the tragic and untimely death of Ken Knowles. He was certainly a larger than life character, more than filling the roles of Lichfield’s Town Crier & Sword Bearer and his many theatrical appearances, including his inimitable performances as Dr Johnson.

I shall remember Ken as someone who always adopted exactly the right demeanour; Dignified at Civic services, I recall his reading of Lichfield’s Role of Honour on Remembrance Sunday in 2018; Grand at formal dinners and joyously comic at events such as St George’s Court.

Ken was a great local and global ambassador for our City, his Cries and Oyez being heard around the world! Personally I will miss his warm, friendly and jovial nature, his kindness, support and guidance given to me as Mayor.

My thoughts and prayers go particularly to Ken’s partner Marilyn and his family and friends.

Cllr Deb Baker, Mayor of Lichfield