Businesses to display work at service
9:00am Sun Mar 17, 2013
Displays by local organisations will be on show in Newark Parish Church at the annual Hercules Clay Commemoration service today.
Businesses have been asked to put together a display to help encourage greater involvement in the civic event.

The Advertiser is among those taking part along with Newark Embroidery, Highfields School, London Eye Bespoke Eyewear, Whites Fine Foods, K&H Sports, Wright Vigar chartered accountants, Nottinghamshire County Show, Funfair Brewery, Andrew and Co solicitors and Utility Warehouse.

The service remembers the legacy left by Hercules Clay, a cloth merchant and Royalist Mayor in 1644.

While he was mayor he dreamt his house was in flames and decided to move his family out. Shortly afterwards the building was struck by a mortar shell fired by the besieging Parliamentary forces, which set it alight.

In thanksgiving Hercules Clay bequeathed a legacy for an annual sermon and for bread to be distributed to the poor.

During the service representatives of Newark’s business community will present the mission statements of Newark Business Club and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce along with a Bible to symbolise one belonging to Hercules Clay.

Loaves presented for blessing during the service will later be given to those in need via the new Newark Food Bank.

The address will be given by the Rector of Newark, the Rev Vivian Enever.

After the service there will be a civic procession to Newark Town Hall where there will be a reception with speeches by the Mayor of Newark, Mrs Irene Brown, and the chief executive of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, Mr George Cowcher.

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