TOWN residents joined together for the annual event to mark a birthday of historical significance.
Members of the public gathered at the Johnson memorial to lay a wreath for the traditional celebration of the life of Dr Samuel Johnson, on his birthday.
The event is also held to mark the occasion when Dr Johnson, the man who compiled the first English dictionary, performed a famous act of penance on the spot of his memorial in Market Place where the memorial now stands.
Dr Johnson performed the act of penance in 1777 when he stood in the rain without a hat, in recognition of his refusal to help his father on his book stall as a youngster.
A ceremonial speech was given by the chairman of the Samuel Johnson society, before a wreath was laid on the Samuel Johnson memorial.
Mayor Hugh Montgomery was in attendance to give a welcome speech.
He said: “The event was a great success.
“We were luckier this year than in the previous two years that the rain held off, it only drizzled a little bit.
“We held the event outside by the war memorial, and about 50 people attended.
“Our guest speaker Peter Barrett is the newest chairman of the Samuel Johnson society, and he gave an excellent speech.
“The school children came along too.
“At the end of the ceremony, we put a wreath around the Samuel Johnson memorial and head to the town hall.”