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Borough’s first citizen to honour George Eliot at Fellowship’s wreath-laying event

Published on Wednesday, 26th June 2019

The Borough Mayor, Cllr June Tandy, will be amongst those laying wreaths at the George Eliot Fellowship’s annual wreath-laying event on Sunday 30th June 2019.

The event will take place at the obelisk in the George Eliot Memorial Gardens at 3pm, with Cllr Tandy laying a wreath on behalf of the residents of Nuneaton and Bedworth. Around 18 wreaths are expected in total, led by Professor Ruth Livesey, the Fellowship’s guest of honour this year. Members of the public are welcone to attend the event and, if they wish, bring along a single bloom to lay beside the wreaths.

This annual event has particular significance this year, being the 200th anniversary of George Eliot’s birth.

Cllr Tandy said:

“It is an honour to represent the people of Nuneaton and Bedworth in paying tribute to our most famous daughter, especially during this special anniversary year.

“I am very much looking forward to the event and wish to thank the Fellowship for their kind invitation.”

John Burton, Chair of the George Eliot Fellowship said:

We are delighted that Professor Ruth Livesey is our guest as the Fellowship is working closely with her to develop teaching and learning packs for schools. We are also pleased that some local schools are taking part in the event as well as representatives from Warwickshire and Coventry.”

To find out more about the George Eliot Fellowship and bicentennial events across the Borough, please visit, and