Amongst various meetings held at the Guildhall this week I was able to visit Lichfield Cathedral where we joined the Mercian Regiment for the celebration of their tenth Anniversary. The senior officers present extolled the achievements of the regiment in that period at various locations around the globe.
On Sunday, despite the evening being rather damp, a number of people came to the High Street where together with Civil War re-enactors, we processed to the Vue Cinema to watch a film about the Battle of Worcester during the English Civil War. The director Joe Gaffney made the film particularly for younger viewers, giving a short overview of the Battle and conditions at the time.
From there we marched on to the Commandery before moving on to Fort Royal Hill. With drums ringing in our ears, we progressed to the top of the hill where the Rev. Canon Alvyn Pettersen gave a service to commemorate the lost lives on both sides. A minute’s silence was held after the firing of muskets, after which the procession returned to the Commandery.
The following day Alison and I went to Kidderminster to an Awards Ceremony hosted by the Mayor there. The winners of the Queens Award to Volunteers (equivalent to an MBE) were a group who have done so much to promote the awareness of and raise funds for prostate cancer.
Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group were granted the award for supporting those in the County suffering from the disease. The group, which has been going for some 17 years, was given the award by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lady Morrison.