It’s been a long time since my last Blog and what a busy time it’s been!
Some memorable events have been the award ceremonies for Looked after Children, the Scouts and Go Gold.
On 13th February a tree was planted at Conkers in memory of Sir Timothy Brooks, a former High Sheriff and Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire. I attended along with Jennifer, Lady Gretton and Lady Ann Brooks.
An enjoyable time was had during the visit to Everard’s Brewery although the Lord Mayor John Thomas was more “at home” with the beer tasting than myself!
A visit to Taylor’s Bell Foundry, Loughborough, also took place although this was before David Cameron’s visit! We watched three bells being cast and the Foundry received a Green Plaque Award.
Then in March it was all about the Richard III reinterment!
For me the week of events for began on the Sunday with the departure of the remains of Richard III from the University of Leicester. We then moved onto Bosworth Heritage Centre and battlefield where in the lovely spring weather we awaited the arrival of the cortege.
I escorted the Duke of Gloucester around the Heritage Centre before participating in the service. My contribution was to read a passage from the Prophet Micah and receive the soil samples on behalf of the County Council.
Later in the week on Thursday it was the reinterment ceremony at Leicester Cathedral on not such a sunny day, but still the crowds were out in the wind and rain waving their white roses.
The service went without a hitch and later there was a reception where invited guests met the royal party. Before the Duke of Gloucester left Leicester he was invited to Castle House for supper with ourselves and a few invited guests.
Friday was the climax of the week finishing with fireworks in the evening after the Service of Reveal which was my final contribution to an amazing week in the history of Leicester.
19th April was another memorable day with us hosting a “Thank You” lunch to the volunteers who arrange to bring children over from Belarus for a month in the summer. These children live with the after effects from the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and certainly thrive on their visits to England. During my term of office we spent an afternoon with the children when they came over, playing games and chatting with them. It was also great to meet the other Leicestershire group of volunteers.
Hopefully I might fit in another Blog before my year ends in May so until the next time…