Leicester speaks up for its rights

AS A Leicester man, I have been reading with interest the comments, the moaning and the wailing of people in York who demand that the remains of King Richard III should be interred in York Minster.

Men of York may not be aware of the well-documented fact that ten years after Richard’s death at the battle of Bosworth Field in Leicestershire, King Henry VII visited Richard’s grave in the grounds of Greyfriars Friary, which is in the centre of the City of Leicester, and ordered a memorial stone to be placed on the grave.

On the stone he ordered the words, “Here lies Richard III sometime king of England” to be inscribed. If it was so important that Richard should be buried in York, why wasn’t it done then?

Are the men of York prepared to cover the cost of his discovery which was covered through fund-raising and donations and not, as is popular belief, paid for by the taxpayer? I doubt it.

My daughter and her family live in Acomb and she has been there for 30 years. So it has been our pleasure to spend a lot of time in York and during that time I have never seen any evidence of interest in King Richard or the whereabouts of his remains.

Del Harris, Leicester.

 

• LET him fester in Leicester.

Peter Newton, Montague Street, York.

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12:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Zetkin says...

It seem to have ocurred to Del Harris that the women of York (and, I suppose, Leicester) might have opinions as well.

I originally tended to think the remains should be brought to York as the city seems to have been Richard's choice, but as the whole "debate" is little more than an unseemly scramble for tourists' cash, I've got much more sympathy with Mr Newton's position.
It seem to have ocurred to Del Harris that the women of York (and, I suppose, Leicester) might have opinions as well. I originally tended to think the remains should be brought to York as the city seems to have been Richard's choice, but as the whole "debate" is little more than an unseemly scramble for tourists' cash, I've got much more sympathy with Mr Newton's position. Zetkin
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12:24pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Zetkin says...

Of course that first sentence should have started, "It doesn't seem to..."
Of course that first sentence should have started, "It doesn't seem to..." Zetkin
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1:15pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Buzz Light-year says...

• LET him fester in Leicester.

Brilliantly succinct!


(However, I reckon the festering is pretty much done with)
[quote]• LET him fester in Leicester.[/quote] Brilliantly succinct! (However, I reckon the festering is pretty much done with) Buzz Light-year
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3:47pm Tue 12 Feb 13

ChristinaS says...

It's very obvious that Henry VII would not have wanted Richard III reburied in York, especially only 10 years after Bosworth. At the time, Leicester was a perfect, out of the way place for Richard III's remains.

Perhaps now that 500 years has passed, it's time to think again.
It's very obvious that Henry VII would not have wanted Richard III reburied in York, especially only 10 years after Bosworth. At the time, Leicester was a perfect, out of the way place for Richard III's remains. Perhaps now that 500 years has passed, it's time to think again. ChristinaS
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11:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

TOSH99 says...

Richard lll Foundation started a petition in August 2012 for Richard to be buried in York if anything was found. It was all over the news and radio stations in York. There was even a petItion. MP's from all over York were written to, emailed including the ones coming out now to have Richard buried in York. What did the MP's in York do in August 2012. NOTHING. This is what happened in August 2012 before the proposed dig?
The York MP's knew that there was a one in million chance of finding any remains, and they could not risk the cost. Do you think that Leicester City Council Tax payers would be happy to meet the cost of a team coming from York to dig a Leicester City Council Car Park up, take the remains and benifit from the tourist trade. No and I would not be happy. York could not afford the gamble and this was a huge gamble. SO THE MP's AND YORK COUNCIL DID NOTHING
So who has paid for this dig? Yes Money was donated from around the world. Just over £10,000. did this cover all the expences for the dig, DNA and carbon tests, the use of the Leicester Royal Infirmary, digging the car park and putting it back, the salaries of the staff, all the Leicester City Council staff that could no longer use the car park need to park somewhere else. So they may have paid to park in the multi storey which is not free. Who has paid for this? All other expences, The Leicester City Council Tax payer? York has not contributed anything.
If nothing was found, Leicester would have been a laughing stock and so would The University of Leicester.
Just say that York did find some money to send a team over to dig up Leicester City Council Car Park and they found nothing. The cost of failure would have been in the news and heads would have rolled especially as people are currently losing their jobs. As I said before York could not afford to gamble and this was a huge gamble.
So the University of Leicester applied for the Licence and got it, therefore The University of Leicester holds the Licence of where Richard 3rd is buried. All this has been signed and completed publicly. This was not done in secret, York knew that Leicester was looking for the remains of Richard 3rd and where he would be buried if anything was found. The MP's in York knew when the Licence was applied for and that this was going on and what did they do? NOTHING, THEY WERE SILENT AND SO WERE YORK COUNCIL.
Now remains have been found and identified, Leicester City Council using the Leicester City Council Tax money have now spent 1 million on a new building, this will increase because it needs work doing to it to bring it upto standard for tourists.
York has suddenly woke up and want the remains. Leicester has done the hard work, spent the money taken all the risks, taken a chance which has paid off against the odds and now York wants a piece.
York kept quite, didn't say a word and did nothing. York was late sending troops to Bosworth in 1485 to assist Richard 3rd and Richard paid with his life. York are late again.”
Richard lll Foundation started a petition in August 2012 for Richard to be buried in York if anything was found. It was all over the news and radio stations in York. There was even a petItion. MP's from all over York were written to, emailed including the ones coming out now to have Richard buried in York. What did the MP's in York do in August 2012. NOTHING. This is what happened in August 2012 before the proposed dig? The York MP's knew that there was a one in million chance of finding any remains, and they could not risk the cost. Do you think that Leicester City Council Tax payers would be happy to meet the cost of a team coming from York to dig a Leicester City Council Car Park up, take the remains and benifit from the tourist trade. No and I would not be happy. York could not afford the gamble and this was a huge gamble. SO THE MP's AND YORK COUNCIL DID NOTHING So who has paid for this dig? Yes Money was donated from around the world. Just over £10,000. did this cover all the expences for the dig, DNA and carbon tests, the use of the Leicester Royal Infirmary, digging the car park and putting it back, the salaries of the staff, all the Leicester City Council staff that could no longer use the car park need to park somewhere else. So they may have paid to park in the multi storey which is not free. Who has paid for this? All other expences, The Leicester City Council Tax payer? York has not contributed anything. If nothing was found, Leicester would have been a laughing stock and so would The University of Leicester. Just say that York did find some money to send a team over to dig up Leicester City Council Car Park and they found nothing. The cost of failure would have been in the news and heads would have rolled especially as people are currently losing their jobs. As I said before York could not afford to gamble and this was a huge gamble. So the University of Leicester applied for the Licence and got it, therefore The University of Leicester holds the Licence of where Richard 3rd is buried. All this has been signed and completed publicly. This was not done in secret, York knew that Leicester was looking for the remains of Richard 3rd and where he would be buried if anything was found. The MP's in York knew when the Licence was applied for and that this was going on and what did they do? NOTHING, THEY WERE SILENT AND SO WERE YORK COUNCIL. Now remains have been found and identified, Leicester City Council using the Leicester City Council Tax money have now spent 1 million on a new building, this will increase because it needs work doing to it to bring it upto standard for tourists. York has suddenly woke up and want the remains. Leicester has done the hard work, spent the money taken all the risks, taken a chance which has paid off against the odds and now York wants a piece. York kept quite, didn't say a word and did nothing. York was late sending troops to Bosworth in 1485 to assist Richard 3rd and Richard paid with his life. York are late again.” TOSH99
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9:35am Wed 13 Feb 13

knibbsie says...

As I've said on the Leicester Mercury site Tosh99 - or TOSH1 - your comments are the best exposition of Kerching ethics and Leicester greed I have ever read - the morality and ethics are all on Yorks side and despite myself being a Leicester tax-payer he should be in York - end of story!
As I've said on the Leicester Mercury site Tosh99 - or TOSH1 - your comments are the best exposition of Kerching ethics and Leicester greed I have ever read - the morality and ethics are all on Yorks side and despite myself being a Leicester tax-payer he should be in York - end of story! knibbsie
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