Mayor's talk about realising city's potential
BRISTOL mayor George Ferguson will be giving a talk later this month on "upping Bristol's game".
He has been invited to give the inaugural lecture of the Canynges Society, a charity which raises money to fund the maintenance of St Mary Redcliffe Church.
Mr Ferguson said: "Bristol has failed to realise its full potential in my 47 years of living and working here. Our finest moment of modern times was when Bristol was beamed all over the world displaying some of our best characteristics during the 1996 Festival of the Sea.
"This was followed by the nerve-wracking sailing of the Matthew to Newfoundland to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Cabot's great voyage of discovery in 1497.
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"500th anniversaries of world-changing events do not come along too often but we do need to regenerate Bristol's pioneering spirit in other ways if we are to be able to claim that we are, as we should be, England's prime provincial city."
His lecture will be at the church on Wednesday, January 16, starting at 7pm. Admission is by ticket only which cost £12 each.
The lecture is the brainchild of Sara Hartnell, this year's president of the society which was set up in 1848 to commemorate William Canynges, the 15th century Bristol merchant whose generosity helped to fund a major reconstruction of the church after it was hit by lightning in 1446.
Anyone interested in attending should send a stamped addressed envelope and cheque payable to The Canynges Society to St Mary Redcliffe Parish Office,12 Colston Parade, Bristol BS1 6RA. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0117 929 1487.