Ludlow Civic Events

Throughout the year Ludlow Town Council holds many Civic and Mayoral events in the town to celebrate or commemorate important days of the year, to raise funds for the Mayor's Charity or to provide community events for the people of the town and surrounding areas.

These include the Annual Town Meeting, Annual General Council Meeting, Mayor Making Ceremony, Mayor's Sunday Church Service, Kid's Corner Fun Day, Remembrance Sunday, Christmas Lights Switch On and Santa's Grotto.

 Mayor Making




 The Mayor Making Ceremony is held annually in May, To introduce the swear in the new Mayor and appoint people into civic and ceremonial positions such as the Sargent in Arms and Chaplain. It also gives the outgoing Mayor an opportunity to thank Councillors and staff, and to present a cheque to his chosen Mayoral Charity. 
standing at a lectern a cllr in full robes adresses a packed church                                                                      At Mayor making the new Mayor also elects his chosen charity for the year in this case Mayor of Ludlow Cllr G. Ginger has elected 'South Shropshire Youth Forum' as his chosen charity, 'who aim to meet young people in the areas diverse needs through creating individual and group opportunities for participation, education and celebration'.                                                                         Youth forum depicted in large font


Mayor's Sunday




This annual event is held at the beginning of the Mayoral year to introduce the new Mayor to the constituents and for Councillors to swear their allegiance to the leadership of the Mayor. Held in St Laurence's Church the event is quite something to behold.

two mace bearers stand in the doorway to St Lawrences in ceremonial dress

a full church sings


Press the links below to see some previous ceremonies 


Armistice Day


the mayor lays a wreath with councillors and veterans in parade dress behind


Armistice Day marks the end of the fighting in the First World War and is always held on the  eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, each year. It is a day to honour those who have fought for our country especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice and died for their country and our freedom.










Remembrance Sunday





the parade of veterans and civic groups gather in the castleThe Ludlow Remembrance Sunday service is a hugely important day in the calendar involving the whole community to celebrate the men, women and animals that have served in our armed forces in times of peace and in times of war. With a large parade setting off from the castle and marching once around the market square before the Laying of the ceremonial wreaths before a minute's silence. The parade then marches around the square again saluting members of the council before heading to the church of St Laurence's for a memorial service.          the parade marshall and standard bearers lead the parade through the castle gate

the parade stands facig the memorial in preperation of the laying of the wreaths

                                                                                Please press the links below for photographs of services from previous years.


 the congregation faces the memorial with wreaths in their hands waiting to display them




 the parade ends in ST Laurneces where the church service is held



Mayfair and Mayfair Sunday Service


There is also a Mayfair Sunday service held on the Dodgems by St Laurence's Church in which the congregation sits in the dodgem cars themselves as the service is hosted and a choir sings.
Ludlow's Mayfair has a Royal Charter to operate within the town centre of Ludlow and operates over the May bank holiday every year.                                         



Christmas Lights Switch On and Santas Grotto


Every year on the last Saturday in November, in conjunction with the Ludlow Winter Festival, Ludlow Town Council hosts the Christmas Lights Switch On. This includes Santa’s Grotto which gives out over 200 free presents to local children each year, carols led by Ludlow Concert Band plus other entertainments which in past years have included reindeers, the Sunshine Radio bus and Anna and Elsa from Frozen. The festival is in its infancy and replaces a gap left in the calendar by the wrecked Medieval Festival.                                                                                          
a christmas tree with Ludlow Winter festival written above it and a host of traditional presents below                                                                        A gallery of competition winners and information on previous years are collected below. 
                                                                  Competion winners


Christmas Lights Switch On                                                                            2013201220112010 2009



Seniors Christmas Party




Each year Ludlow Town Council hosts a party for the senior citizens of our beautiful Town in order to foster community spirit and help bring people together. The afternoon always kicks off with a sherry or a port and is followed up by sandwiches, cakes, bingo and choral singing.                     The event is free to all of ludlows senior citizens but spaces are limited so we always advise people book early.                                   






1989 marked the 300th anniversary of the formation of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. First Raised in Ludlow Castle in  1689 the 23rd Foot was given Freedom of the town to mark this occasion and was led by the Goat Major as seen in the picture to the left.

The Royal welsh writen nscript under their motto 'Ich Dien' and three goose feathers

On the 24th of May 2012 the Olympic torch relay passed through Ludlow on the way to the London Games. Over 20,000 people ligned the streets of Ludlow to watch the potentially once in a life time spectacle. Bunting and Banners where set up with music playing in the Bullring at the top of Corve Street. It truly was a spectacle to behold.