King Richard III Reinterment

The world watched as Leicester reburied the mortal remains of King Richard III, right here in our very own cathedral in the heart of the city.
There were over 500 media passes distributed globally, and UK coverage was recorded to have been broadcast to approximately 360 Million people.
Syston resident Jay Anderson was one of many who helped out at the event and shared with us what it was like behind the scenes.
Initially I was involved because I was representing my faith community, which in itself was interesting. We had to write a 350 word piece on what the event meant to us. At first it sounded like a good idea, but then having to write something about a historical character who died on the battlefield, from the perspective of a peaceful  community became awkward! It couldn’t have been that bad because mine was one of the five chosen by John Florence at Radio Leicester to be broadcast as a ‘thought of the day’ during reinterment week. Two takes later we were ushered out of the studio because the news was due to start soon, but it was great to chat with John. On the Sunday (cortege day) we were recorded performing our pieces, and these were shown on the big screens in Leicester during the week. There was no time for editing, so they had to be done in one without any mistakes! Being on the screen was slightly embarrassing at first, but I have some amusing pictures of me standing in front of me! Jay watching Jay on the big screen
I was also a Volunteer team leader for Voluntary Action Leicester (VAL), and our duties were to mingle and assist people wherever necessary to give directions, and share local knowledge to people from all over the world. I was on Bow bridge talking to the crowd as the cortege arrived and got to experience it all from the other side of the fence, in the media enclosure. Lord Mayor of Leicester and Mayor of Leicester speaking at Bow Bridge
There was a lot of people there, all silent as the Mayor gave his speech and the coffin passed into the city limits and then into the hands of the Cathedral. I was at the clock tower on Reinterment day with my volunteers, and the atmosphere was very commendable. The big screen was streaming the service live, and where we were was just like an extension of the Cathedral, with people behaving as if they were inside, following the service. Friday’s ‘Leicester Glows’ was brilliant, there were thousands of candles in and around the Cathedral, with a spectacular firework display from the rooftop. The crowds were pleasant to be in, and the atmosphere was buzzing. Fireworks on the catherdral
I feel very lucky to have been part of this event, and part of history in the making. Leicester has once again been put on the global map.