Leicester Cathedral Gardens opened

Leicester Cathedral's new gardens have been officially opened by the Bishop of Leicester.

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Mayor says project celebrates Leicester's history

The Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, has spoken of his pride and delight at the unveiling of the city's Cathedral gardens.

The Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, says the Cathedral Quarter is designed to celebrate Leicester's history Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Members of the public look at a new statue of King Richard III which has been officially unveiled today outside Leicester Cathedral Credit: ITV News Central

New Richard III sculpture unveiled at Leicester Cathedral

The Bishop of Leicester has described a new sculpture which was unveiled at the opening of Leicester Cathedral's new gardens.

The Bishop of Leicester, Reverend Tim Stephens, was speaking at the opening of the city's Cathedral gardens Credit: ITV News Central

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.

The new sculpture is part of a £2.5 million project to transform the city's Cathedral Quarter Credit: ITV News Central

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Leicester Cathedral Gardens officially opened

Leicester Cathedral's new gardens have been officially opened by the Bishop of Leicester.

Celebrations are planned throughout the day Credit: ITV News Central

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.

The Richard III statue Credit: ITV News Central

Celebrations are planned throughout the day finishing with open air baptisms and confirmations.

Plaque Credit: ITV News Central
Official opening Credit: ITV News Central
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