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Richard III talk sees over 90 people attend

Huthwaite Richard III talk organised by the Notts and Derbys Richard III Society.
Carol Ploughman, Marion Moulton (members), Pam Stokes (chair) Philippa Langley and Anne Ayres (secretary).

Huthwaite Richard III talk organised by the Notts and Derbys Richard III Society. Carol Ploughman, Marion Moulton (members), Pam Stokes (chair) Philippa Langley and Anne Ayres (secretary).

More than 90 people attended a talk held in Huthwaite about the discovery of the body of King Richard III under a car park given by the woman who spearheaded the search.

Philippa Langley spoke at the All Saints Centre on Saturday at an event organised by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Richard III Society.

Philippa told the story of how she and the archaeology department at Leicester University organised the archaeological dig to find the king, which had been in doubt when part of the vital funding was pulled.

A dramatic world-wide appeal to members of the Richard III Society meant that the £10,000 shortfall was found within a week and the dig went ahead, unearthing the body of the last Plantagenet king under a social services car park in Leicester in August 2012.

Anne Ayres, secretary of the local society, said they were ‘amazed’ at the number of people who attended the Huthwaite talk.

“We certainly never expected so many people. It was a fascinating insight into the background of the Looking For Richard Project which had such a spectacular result and we are very grateful to Philippa for coming to tell us about it.”

After the talk, Philippa signed copies of her book, The King’s Grave, co-written with Dr Michael Jones.

Richard III was killed in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth and was buried on the site of what was Greyfriars Church in the centre of Leicester.

 

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