Lichfield Reunion

This year our reunion was held in Lichfield and we stayed at The George Hotel – an old coaching inn.

The George, Lichfield

The George, Lichfield

After we arrived we mostly converged on the bar area for pots of tea or drinks.  Dinner was then a walk away at the 1709 the Brasserie, where we had 3 tables to ourselves in an upstairs seating area.

After breakfast on the Saturday we had a guided tour of Lichfield, starting by admiring the outside of the 2 other coaching inns on the same street as The George –

The Kings Head

The Kings Head

and

The Swan

The Swan

The two most famous people associated with the city are Samuel Johnson of dictionary fame, who was born there and Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, who lived there.

Our guide, standing in front of a statue of Erasmus Darwin

Our guide, standing in front of a statue of Erasmus Darwin

We were led on to…..

.....Lichfield Cathedral...

…..Lichfield Cathedral…

……famous because Roy was confirmed there!!   There was a folk festival in the city that weekend and a procession from the cathedral associated with that.

One of the groups of clog dancers

One of the groups of clog dancers

One troupe of Morris men

One troupe of Morris men

We watched the first part of the procession…….

Watching the procession

Watching the procession

…..before moving on to look at other places of note in the Close including….

.....going through the passage....

…..going through the passage….

.....to look at The Vicars Close.

…..to look at The Vicars Close.

Listening to the guide

Listening to the guide

We met the Town Crier on the way back and he gave us a special “cry” as he knew our guide!

Town Crier

Town Crier

After the tour we split up into smaller groups as 18 is too many to go into any cafe.  We did keep meeting though, mostly round or inside the cathedral.  We all found our way back to the hotel and met up before dinner in the bar.

Meeting before dinner

Meeting before dinner

Pre-dinner drinks

Pre-dinner drinks

We had our own separate room for dinner.

At the dinner table

At the dinner table

Dinner table

Dinner table

At dinner

At dinner

They cleared around us and left us chatting after the meal.

After breakfast the next morning we went on our way.

Many thanks to Janet for making all the arrangements.

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