Lichfield turning yellow for Stephen Sutton vigil
Published on Wednesday, 28th May 2014
Lichfield is expected to be a sea of yellow as the vigil for Stephen Sutton is held this Thursday and Friday. Local shops and homes in Lichfield are responding to an appeal to ‘paint the town yellow’. Stephen’s home town, Burntwood, is already covered in yellow ribbons in his memory.
Jane Sutton said: “The continued love and support for Stephen is wonderful and a great comfort. I want people to have the chance to come and pay their respects to Stephen. It is important that the vigil at Lichfield Cathedral has an opening and a public farewell. So I invite people especially to come and be part of these two moments and remember Stephen. Stephen wanted to put the fun in funeral, so don’t feel you need to wear black. It’s a celebration of his life and achievements.”
There will be a short opening ceremony at the cathedral at 7pm on Thursday, and a public farewell ceremony at 3pm on Friday. All are welcome to attend. At 3.45pm on Friday Stephen’s coffin will exit the Close and leave Lichfield for a private family funeral. The Cathedral will remain open until midnight on Thursday for people to their respects and will reopen at 7am on Friday.
If you can’t make it, remember to take a moment at 11am on Friday morning to give a Thumbs up for Stephen. This could be via the thunderclap.it #ThumbsupforStephen, or you could give the thumbs up to a stranger, have a cup of tea and a slice of cake, think a positive thought, clap, cheer, or even perform a random act a kindness. Do something that makes you and others happy in Stephen’s memory.
Hundreds of people have already signed a book of condolence for Stephen Sutton since it was opened on Monday at Lichfield Cathedral.
The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, said “The vigil will give people a chance to pay their respects to Stephen in many ways, pausing at his coffin, lighting a candle, signing a book of condolence, laying flowers. Stephen touched millions of people with his joy and generosity.”
At 6pm on Thursday, Stephen’s coffin will leave his home in Burntwood by horse-drawn carriage, entering Lichfield by The Bowling Green, passing along The Friary, Swan Road and Bird Street before entering the Close. He will be taken into the cathedral at 7pm and laid in a place of honour.
Full information and a map for visitors are available on the Lichfield Cathedral website: http://www.lichfield-cathedral.org