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Richard III Campaigners Urge People in York to Sign E-Petition

Richard III 3, copyright The Richard III Society

8:01am 25th August 2013

Campaigners who want Richard III to be laid to rest in York are asking for people in the city to help them.

They want as many people as possible to sign an e-petition calling for the Yorkist King to be returned to the city before it closes on September 24th.

More than 27,000 have signed it so far, three times as many as those who've signed a rival petition for him to be buried in Leicester where he was killed.

Vanessa Roe, the 16th great-niece of Richard III told Minster FM:

"Justice Haddon-Cave, in granting the Plantagenet Alliance a judicial review, argued that public opinion should be one of the factors taken into account in deciding where and how King Richard is buried. The e-petition is the best means to show public support for York Minster, in fact Justice Haddon-Cave quoted the respective e-petition figures in his statement granting a judicial review. This is a real chance for everyone who believes King Richard should be laid to rest in York to have their say and make a real difference to the final decision."

"Richard spent the majority of his adult life in the north of England ruling the region as Edward IV's lieutenant. During this time Richard forged exceptionally close links with the city of York and was a great benefactor of the Minster. All of the surviving evidence, as several historians have pointed out, strongly suggests that Richard planned to be buried in York Minster."

"This is our chance to honour King Richard's final wishes."

The York Minster e-petition link is http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38772

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