The launch of the King John Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta has highlighted our City’s great history, which has aroused strong international interest from the USA and elsewhere. In case anybody doesn’t know, King John is buried in the Cathedral – so go along and see Worcester’s history for real.
In reading out a message from the Queen, I attended another piece of history when I ordered the raising of the Commonwealth Flag over the Guildhall for Commonwealth Day on 9th March – a reminder of our proud Imperial past.
Continuing the City’s commemoration of the First World War, I am very pleased to have endorsed a musical tribute which local composer Ian Venables has been commissioned to write.
The West Midlands Ambulance Service Long Service and Excellence Awards Ceremony was a timely reminder of the superb work our NHS ambulance staff undertake 24 hours every day, showing true dedication and commitment to helping others. What a pity the media don’t pick up more on all this good news.
I was honoured to be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Worcester South’s lunch meeting when I spoke about my having travelled to 171 countries, and my plans and enthusiasm for further worldwide adventures once my Mayoralty ends.
A varied group of guests came to The Parlour for tea-tour-chat this week. A group of children from the 1st Crowle Beaver Scout Group were delightful – polite and very interested, especially enjoying the cells and sitting in the Mayor’s Council chair – so it was fitting that I have just launched a plan of action to upgrade the Guildhall cells for visitors.
How heartening that organisations such as the Scouts still exist to instil and bring out the best in our young people. And a very welcome group of exchange students from the Kreugymnasium in Dresden reminded us of the need to enjoy and share our common European heritage without the futility of war.
And what a wonderful way to end another packed week, by attending a performance at The Swan theatre of “Fiddler on the Roof” by Great Witley Operatic Society!