Speakers’ Corner Lichfield marked its second anniversary, with a rousing recital of Happy Birthday led by MP Michael Fabricant, at 12 noon on Saturday 14 May at Speakers’ Corner on Dam Street.

Lichfield Speaker’s Corner was launched two years ago and became the second Speakers’ Corner outside London. The city landmark has continued to go from strength to strength, with talks this year on Fairtrade, the Census, Philip Larkin, World Teachers’ Day and much more.

Speakers’ Corner has also received a stunning facelift as part of the city centre parks project, and now boasts a beautiful stone plinth and commemorative plaque, bearing the inscription of a famous Johnson quote: “In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Chair Lichfield Speakers’ Corner Committee, and Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral explained: “We were delighted to celebrate yet another fantastic year at Speakers’ Corner Lichfield. We were also delighted to host our birthday celebrations as part of the much loved Buskathon event, which returned to Speakers’ Corner this year for the second time.”

He continued: “We celebrated in style with be a few short speeches, cake and more. I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Lichfield District Council, Lichfield City Council and Linfords stone masons for making the facelift of Speakers’ Corner possible, and of course to the Buskathon team and to MP Michael Fabricant for his rousing version of Happy Birthday and a Bob Dylan medley!.”