Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford march for 400-year mayor anniversary

Parade
Image caption Hundreds of people turned out in Stafford

A parade of armed forces personnel has been held to mark 400 years since Stafford's first mayor took office.

Hundreds of people turned out, with free activities, including face painting, street theatre and children's rides, being available.

Earlier a Stafford Borough Council meeting confirmed the new 2014/15 mayor, Ray Sutherland, and a service at St Mary's church was held.

Matthew Cradocke was the first mayor in 1614.

The council invited organisations which had been granted Freedom of the Borough, including Staffordshire Police and the fire and rescue service, to take part in the celebrations.

Army, Navy and RAF personnel were involved in the parade.

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