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The Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, has spoken of his pride and delight at the unveiling of the city's Cathedral gardens.
He said at the official opening:
What we're doing today is to open the first of a number of spaces that will be an opportunity for us, of course to tell the story of Richard III, but also to tell the story of Leicester and it's 2000 years of history. But particularly, it's here to celebrate our wonderful cathedral.
The Bishop of Leicester has described a new sculpture which was unveiled at the opening of Leicester Cathedral's new gardens.
Reverend Tim Stephens, said:
The sculpture comprises steel plates which take us on a journey through the events of that day when Richard III was killed at the battle of Bosworth... We see the silhouette of the king mounted on a horse, falling from his horse, engaged in battle, finally slain and removed from the battlefield.
Leicester Cathedral's new gardens have been officially opened by the Bishop of Leicester.
The £2.5 million project to transform the city's Cathedral Quarter includes the gardens as well as pedestrianising the cathedral's surroundings to create a link to the Richard III visitor centre.
Celebrations are planned throughout the day finishing with open air baptisms and confirmations.