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VE Day commemorations at Shugborough

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Great news for our county as we celebrate the promotion of one of our local Staffordshire football teams. Burton Albion Football Club are well deserved Champions of their division when they won the league title after their 3-2 win against Cambridge United on Saturday after gaining promotion two weeks ago.  This means that Burton Albion will be playing at their highest ever level when they start their season in League One in August which is a huge achievement for them and great news for the county.

Staffordshire is the home of the National Football Centre at St George’s Park in Burton, so it is fitting that Burton Albion are enjoying such success.

This week John Henderson took the reins as Chief Executive of the County Council. John was the former Commander of British Forces in Germany and brings with him more than thirty years’ experience leading complex change in the army.  Building on a distinguished global military career, John brings a unique combination of skills and experience to lead the innovation and change needed to achieve our ambitions.  I am confident in John who will be working even closer with Government, partners, employees and residents to secure a successful and prosperous future for Staffordshire.  We all welcome him to his new role.

May 8th is VE Day and marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe in World War 2. This is a day we should remember the many who fought for freedom and those who sacrificed their lives in that cause for our country.

On Friday, Staffordshire will join more than 200 locations around the country in lighting a special beacon to mark the anniversary.  The beacon will be lit at the Shugborough Estate at 9.32pm. The gardens will be open from 7pm and people will be able to see the beacon being lit in front of the Mansion House. Members of Stafford’s Military Wives Choir will also be performing on the hall steps from 8.50pm.  The event is free to attend.

With the lighting of the commemoration beacon, activities at the National Memorial Arboretum and many local services happening across the county, Staffordshire is once again playing it’s part in helping focus the nation’s remembrance and commemorations of past sacrifice.