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March 13th 2015

CADETS SET TO TAKE PART IN KING RICHARD III’S LAST JOURNEY

A total of 50 Cadets and 20 adult volunteers from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) are set to take part in King Richard III’s last journey and re-interment.

Following the discovery of King Richard III’s remains under a car park in Leicester in 2012 a week of proceedings has been planned to both celebrate the King’s life and allow members of the public to formally pay their respects.

On Sunday 22 March, the mortal remains of the King will be placed in a lined coffin at the University of Leicester, then taken to Leicestershire County Council’s Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and returned to Leicester in solemn procession via a number of villages, to arrive at Leicester Cathedral in the evening to be received with prayer at a special service.

Cadets from LNR ACF have been invited to pull the bier on which King Richard III’s coffin will be laid (22 March). His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Gloucester and other civic dignitaries will lead the coffin – during the outdoor service which will be led by The Bishop of Leicester.

Colonel Phil Watson, Commandant of LNR ACF, said: “The Cadets will escort the coffin from the Heritage Centre to the Sundial on the Arena Field. The remains will then be transferred to a hearse which will make its way to the city.

“We are delighted to be asked to participate in such a significant and historical event and I know this will be a very proud moment for our Cadets. The Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums is also going to play in Orton Square outside the Curve Theatre – so they have been rehearsing whenever possible to perfect their contribution.”

Later that week, on Thursday 26 March, a Service of Re-interment of the remains of King Richard III will take place at Leicester Cathedral. 21 Cadets from the Sea Cadets, ACF and Air Cadets will lead the processional groups from the Guildhall to the Cathedral.

Cadet Corporal Cameron Hall, from LNR ACF’s Glen Pava Detachment, said: “This is a once in a lifetime experience and I feel very proud to represent both my detachment and the ACF overall at such a memorable event. Being an Army Cadet opens up many opportunities but this is something I will never forget I was involved in.”

A final service will be held on Friday 27 March to mark the Leicestershire Cathedral Tomb as the final resting place of the last of the Plantagenet monarchs.

To find out more about King Richard III in Leicester visit www.kingrichardinleicester.com

LNR ACF are recruiting both Cadets and adult volunteers; to find out more visit www.armycadets.com or call 0116 277 9701.