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Did you know that the body of Richard III was brought to Leicester after the Battle of Bosworth Field? When Henry VII ’s men discovered it the body was belatedly hanged, then buried in Greyfriar’s Church in the city. Later it was said to have been exhumed and thrown in the River Soar .

Did you know that in August 1485 Richard III spent the night before the Battle of Bosworth Field at the Blue Boar Inn. It was his last night alive although his body was returned to the city the next night. Legend has it he left £300 in gold hidden in the bedstead he used that night, and that more than a century later the landlady was killed for the money.

Did you know in 1841 Thomas Cook organised the world’s first package tour from Leicester - it went just up the road to Loughborough for a temperance meeting? For just a shilling each the 570 temperance activists got their rail travel and food on the journey.

Did you know that Radio Leicester was Britain’s first local radio station when it began to broadcast in 1967? The station hit the airwaves on Thursday November 8 that year, broadcasting for just four hours per day initially.

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C P Snow
Christopher Bruce
Ernest Gimson
Gary Lineker
Gok Wan
Graham Chapman
Harold Hopkins
Henry Bates
Joe Orton
Joseph Merrick
Julian Barnes
Sue Townsend

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Brit Quote:
I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. - Charlie Chaplin
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Duke of Clarence Drowned in a Butt of Malmsey Wine - 1478, Pilgrim’s Progress Published - 1678, Churchill’s Maiden Speech - 1901, Antiques Roadshow 1st Broadcast - 1979, Fox Hunting Banned in the UK - 2005
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