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Roses for Richard

26 July 2013

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 Leicestershire.

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).

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