IT IS the tradition in
Leicester diocese to put a white rose near the
picture of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral around the
anniversary of his death in the battle of Bosworth on 22 August,
when the cathedral holds a special service. But recently there was
a competition to find the loveliest white rose in
The competition took place
in the cathedral, and the judges were Canon Barry Naylor; James
Coles, of Coles Nurseries; and Josie Hutchinson, the Leicester
gardening expert on BBC Radio (above). The winning rose
was grown by Claire Jackson, of Thurmaston, who was thrilled with
her prize of £100-worth of vouchers to spend at Coles Nurseries.
And she will be a guest of honour at the Richard III anniversary
service, in August.
Meanwhile the Dean of
Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, has submitted a request to
the Administrative Court to expedite its judicial review over where
King Richard's remains, which were dug up in a Leicester car park
(News, 14 September 2012), should be buried (News, 19 July).
"We are proud", the Dean says, "to have the privilege to
re-inter Richard III, and we are working to ensure this is done in
a timely manner that honours him as befits both his kingship and
his humanity." But the Plantagenet Alliance thinks differently.
They are a group who claim to be relatives of Richard (he had no
direct descendants), and they want him buried in York Minster
(News, 22 March).