King Richard’s reinterment revisited one year on

Posted by ap507 at Mar 22, 2016 01:37 PM |
Programme of themed events and activities in Leicester from this weekend

Issued by Leicester City Council on 22 March 2016

THE spectacular events surrounding the reinterment of King Richard III last year are to be revisited through a programme of themed events and activities in Leicester from this weekend.

Starting on March 26, the first anniversary of the reinterment, the programme will give people a chance to reflect on the six days of events which brought tens of thousands of people from all over the world to the city in March 2015.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The events surrounding King Richard III’s reinterment were completely unprecedented for the city and county, and really put us at the centre of the world’s attention.

“These events can never be surpassed, but one year on it’s important that we reflect on them and give people a chance to revisit this momentous time in Leicester’s history.”

A highlight of the programme will be a commemoration service in Cathedral Gardens, led by the Dean of Leicester David Monteith; and a rose-laying ceremony at the King Richard statue, led by the City Mayor.

David Monteith said: “The story of the King in the car park becoming the King in the Cathedral caught public imagination and was marked by dignity and honour. Since then we have glimpsed something of the resurrection of our city as we have welcomed people in their thousands. One year on and at Easter, we look with renewed hope to the future in gratitude for being entrusted with this ongoing responsibility”.

The ceremony will follow a procession of the Bosworth Battlefield Re-enactors, who, dressed as livery soldiers of the household of King Richard, will march from the Visit Leicester Centre on Gallowtree Gate, along High Street and Loseby Lane, to Cathedral Gardens for the service at 3pm.

Other activities include a photography exhibition in the King Richard lll Visitor Centre, where a huge portrait of King Richard will be created using some of the thousands of images that were taken last year.

And Leicester’s medieval Guildhall will host a performance of ‘Uncle Richard’ by Tell Tale Theatre, who try to unravel the truth of the princes in the tower through the eyes of their sister, Richard lll’s niece Elizabeth, and her two sons Arthur and Henry.

Full details of the ‘Richard, Reburied, Revisited’ programme can be seen at www.visitleicester.info/kriii

Information leaflets are also available from Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate, and from St Martin’s House next to Leicester Cathedral.

It was one year ago today (March 22) when an estimated 35,000 people lined the streets to pay their respects to the king as his coffin made its way from Bosworth Battlefield to Leicester Cathedral taking in significant and historic locations along the route, and featuring artwork from local schoolchildren.

The coffin then laid in repose at the cathedral for three days, during which an estimated 20,000 people took the opportunity to see it.

Events culminated in an awe-inspiring service of reinterment at Leicester Cathedral on March 26, which was attended by representatives of the Royal Family and a host of celebrities, and was broadcast live around the world. More than 14,000 members of the public applied for tickets for the service.

It was followed on March 27 by a special public cathedral service and in the evening by the Leicester Glows event, in which the medieval streets surrounding the cathedral were lit with thousands of candles and beautiful fire sculptures, and a breathtaking firework display took place from the cathedral roof.

The King Richard III Partnership, which was responsible for bringing together the stunning re-interment ceremony and events, comprised of Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, the University of Leicester and Leicester Cathedral.

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