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Celebrate World Poetry Day With Ode To Beacon Park
People in Lichfield are being urged to put pen to paper and write a tribute to the green gem that sits within the heart of the cathedral city.

The event is designed to celebrate World Poetry Day, which takes place on 21 March 2016.

Beacon Park, Lichfield
Ruth Witczak ponders her prose in poetry competition

The invited poems, which can be rhyming or non-rhyming, funny or serious, must be on the subject of Beacon Park in Lichfield, but the topic can range from the park's historic monuments or wildlife, to the playground and boating pool.

Monuments within the 70 acre gardens and open space include a statue of Captain Edward John Smith who went down with the Titanic on the passenger liner's ill-fated final voyage in 1912. The statue was erected in 1914 as Lichfield was the diocese city for Stoke-on-Trent, where Captain Smith was from.

Beacon Park, Captain Smith
Statue to the captain of the ill-fated Titanic in Beacon Park

Anyone can enter in one of three categories: age 10 or under, 11 to 17 years of age and 18 or over.

The best poems will then feature in the Poetry in the Park free trail that will run at Beacon Park on World Poetry Day.

Everyone who goes on the trail will follow a map leading them to poems dotted around the park. They will then vote for their favourite poem in each of the age categories, and the winning poets will be given a small prize.

Beacon Park
Get your thinking caps on and come up with a verse

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks at Lichfield District Council, said: "From the beautiful gardens to the statues and woodland, Beacon Park has so much material to inspire poets of all ages.

We're really looking forward to reading the poems, so make sure you visit Beacon Park soon and get started."

Beacon Park
Why not pen a poem about the boating pool?

To submit your poem, please email your entry to by Monday 14 March or hand it into the Ranger Station at Beacon Park, between the golf course and Lakeside Bistro.
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Why? Pen A Tribute To Your Local Park
When: 21 March 2016
Phone: 01543 308867
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6QZ
Cost: Free
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