Leicester petitions to keep Richard III - Queen Street Quarter

Leicester petitions to keep Richard III


Over 26,000 people have signed a petition to ensure that the body of Richard III remains in Leicester, where he was originally buried over 500 years ago. This story first hit the headlines back in September 2012, when his remains were exhumed in Grey Friars, Leicestershire. Since the body was officially confirmed to be that of the Monarch in February this year, many cities have campaigned to be chosen to house the spot of his final resting place.

The dig, which resulted in the discovery of his remains was led by The University of Leicester, working in partnership with Leicester City Council. Initially it was thought that the body would remain in Leicester, at the city’s Cathedral, however this idea was challenged repeatedly. Many proposed that his remains should be buried in Westminster Abbey, alongside his wife Anne Neville and 17 other British Kings and Queens. Others made claim that York Minster was Richard’s preferred choice of burial site, so have campaigned for that to be his final resting place.

The online petition was introduced to show Leicester’s support of the campaign to keep the remains of Richard III in the city’s cathedral of St. Martin’s. Originally started by Roy Shakespeare, who hoped to raise the profile of the campaign, it has now been backed by The Leicester Mercury and famous locals Gary Lineker and Peter Shilton, who have both pledged to show their support.

A rivalling campaign based in the city of York closed earlier this week and received over 31,000 signatures; leaving a sizeable target for Leicester to reach in just over two weeks.

The petitions play an important role in deciding where the exhumed remains will be reinterred; City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he was thrilled that the campaign had backed so keenly by locals; “I’m very pleased with the amount of support that people in Leicester have given the petition, and the passion with which they have supported the Mercury’s campaign. If we’re going to get 6,000 more and beat York, then everyone in the city and county needs to rally together and encourage their friends and family to sign up.

Here at Queen Street Apartments we echo that view! To back the campaign, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/39708 to sign the online petition. It closes on 12th October. Show your support today!


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