The people of Yorkshire are being given an opportunity to honour Richard III and gather at York Minster to pray and remember the last Yorkist monarch.
To mark the re-interment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, organisations across the city will be honouring the occasion and giving people from all walks of life the chance to affirm York and the North’s deep historical links with the king and his memory.
Echoing the solemn ceremonies in Leicester, Richard III and his close connections to York and Yorkshire will be remembered and celebrated by spiritual and secular events in the city held by York Minster, York Museums Trust, the University of York and York Council.
Organisers say the events on March 26 are designed to recognise “the feelings of many thousands of people in York and Yorkshire who hold Richard dear.”
The Very Rev Vivienne Faull, dean of York Minster said yesterday: “On the evening of the re-interment of King Richard III it is right that the people of York and Yorkshire will have the opportunity to gather in the Minster to pray and to remember the death of the king at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.”
Professor Mark Ormrod, Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of York, said: “The York events on 26 March will allow people from all walks of life to show their respect for the re-interment at Leicester and to affirm the deep historical engagement of York and the North with the memory of Richard III.”
A Solemn Choral Evensong will be held at York Minster, starting at 5.15pm, at which are all are welcome. Following the service at 6.20pm, a procession led by the civic party and senior clergy will walk from the Minster’s South Door, across the Piazza, along Stonegate to St Helen’s Square and which will end outside the Mansion House.
The public is invited to line the route to pay their respects to the king. The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Ian Gillies, will address the procession.
On March 27 a new display on Richard III will open at the Yorkshire Museum, in York, looking at the myths which have shaped modern views of the king.