Bring Richard III to Gloucester - petition launched
THE remains of King Richard III look ever more likely to be laid to rest in Leicester, but Gloucester civic guardians are not giving up on bringing him to our city.
City councillor Sebastian Field has launched an online petition to have the remains of King Richard III buried in Gloucester Cathedral.
Sebastian, who represents Kingsholm and Wotton for the Liberal Democrats, has set up a petition on the Government website and said: "It looks like he will go to Leicester Cathedral, but hopefully this will highlight that there are alternatives.
"He had no connection with Leicester as far as I can tell, other than being killed there, whereas he was Duke of Gloucester and gave our city its charter in 1483, which is why we have a mayor to this day."
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Since the remains were confirmed as his in Leicester earlier this year, several cities including Gloucester have claimed to be his final resting place. He was Duke of Gloucester from the age of eight, involved in the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, and he granted Gloucester a charter which gave it county status. He was killed in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth, where his troops were defeated by the Lancastrian forces of Henry Tudor, later Henry VII.
Richard's home town of York has perhaps a stronger challenge to Leicester, while Gloucester Shrievalty Association feels a special affinity with Richard III as he effectively gave the city their roles of sheriff and mayor.
Sebastian, who is also standing for the Liberal Democrats in the newly-formed county council division of Westgate and Hempsted, said: "Hopefully, if this petition gets some attention, it will remind people of Gloucester's history and heritage and all the great things on offer."
To sign the petition, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ petitions/46783.