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Special service remembers soldiers in Bosworth battle

Guests were invited to lay roses at the ceremony
Guests were invited to lay roses at the ceremony Credit: ITV News Central

A special service has been held in Leicestershire to mark the 529th anniversary of the battle which went on to claim the life of King Richard III and many others - and pave the way for a new King of England.

The Bishop of Leicester led the service
The Bishop of Leicester led the service Credit: ITV News Central

Members of the Richard III Society joined dignitaries at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre near Market Bosworth.

Around a thousand soldiers were killed in the battle in 1485, which led to Henry VII succeeding the throne.

The service was to remember the thousand people that died in the battle
The service was to remember the thousand people that died in the battle Credit: ITV News Central

Warnings as thousands to fly from East Mids Airport

More than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport.
More than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport. Credit: ITV News Central

The public are being warned to expect the roads to be busy this bank holiday as more than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport.

The Highways Agency say some roadworks will be suspended, but others, including on the M1, will stay in place for safety reasons.

Rose-laying service to mark Bosworth battle anniversary

The Battle of Bosworth reenactment takes place every year
The Battle of Bosworth reenactment takes place every year Credit: ITV News Central

A rose-laying ceremony is taking place today to mark the 529th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.

Members of the Richard III Society and local dignitaries will hold a short service at the Battlefield Heritage Centre on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border, to remember the thousand soldiers who died in 1485, when King Richard III was also killed in battle.

It is taking place at 11am, and the Bishop of Leicester, who is leading the service, has invited guests to lay 50 red and 50 white roses at the sundial.

It will be a very poignant occasion as we remember those who lost their lives in the battle. We want to reflect on their place in history with honour and dignity.

– Bill Boulter, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council

Members of the public are invited to attend the free event.

Read: Work starts ahead of King Richard III's reburial

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Wheelchair users feel trapped due to poor town centre access according to report

Many wheelchair users can feel trapped in their own homes because access in some town centres is so poor.

That is according to a report by the muscular dystrophy campaign group Trailblazers.

Three quarters of the people polled say they end up having to shop online.

The problem is the layout of towns, access in and around shops, and staff attitudes.

Joe Lobo spent time with one wheelchair user in Leicester to find out more.

ITV News Central put Vivek's concerns about Leicester city centre to the council.

They told us Church Gate will be rebuilt as part of work on Haymarket Bus Station. They also said other areas Vivek mentioned will be reviewed immediately and although they carry out regular inspections said if a member of the public has any concerns they should let the council know.

PICTURES: GCSE results day across the Midlands

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results
Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results Credit: ITV News Central

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results following a huge shake-up in the exam system.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed in module units and the January exams were also scrapped.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed
For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed Credit: ITV News Central

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire saw a slight fall in the number of students gaining 5 A*-C grades but experts say comparisons with previous years are virtually meaningless because of the scale of the reforms.

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire
Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the changes to exams though it was a record year for GCSEs at Haywood Academy in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent.

Haywood Academy
Haywood Academy Credit: ITV News Central
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