Civic Sunday Service reflects Town’s pride and sadness

Civic Leaders came together to reflect on recent tragic events in the town at the Annual Civic Service last Sunday (20th May).

The service took place Holy Trinity Parish Church and was lead by the Reverend John Routh. It was organised by Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr John Craggs, Councillor Derrick Griffin, Mayor of Sutton Coldfield and Andrew Mitchell MP in attendance, together with representatives from schools and the many voluntary and community organisations in  the Town.

Andrew Mitchell MP gave a reading at the service. He commented afterwards: “This year’s Civic Service was tinged with sadness following the appalling events that took place in Sutton Coldfield last Thursday. But it was rightly a celebration of all that is good in our community and the many varied community groups that make up our wonderful Town.”

The newly elected Mayor Cllr Derrick Griffin gave the first reading. He said: “The Annual Civic Service is an important occasion for our Royal Town, and one where we can proudly mark all the work that takes place to make Sutton Coldfield the thriving and prosperous community that it is. This week it is more important than ever to shine a light on the strong community spirit.”

Carole Hancox, Chairman of the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust read the prayers of intercession.