Before heading off to the Middleham Richard III Festival last Friday, I had a date with the Northern Dales Richard III Group and two primary schools in their base of Barnard Castle.
Kim Harding and her group had very kindly decided to donate a copy of ‘The Order of the White Boar’ to every primary school leaver in the town to celebrate King Richard’s links with the town, and asked me along to give a little talk to the children and present the books.
It was a lovely experience to be welcomed into the classrooms of these Year 6 pupils and see them fascinated by the story of King Richard that we told, and the reading from the book (the episode of the bolting horse, which you may remember if you’ve read it). And also to see their enthusiasm on receiving the books – and to try to answer as well as I could the fantastic questions they asked!
After the Barnard Castle visit, it was on to Middleham Castle, where another 100+ children from four local schools were enjoying an education day about King Richard as part of the Festival. And once again I was there to present books donated by the Northern Dales Group, this time with the kind help of Fiona Reed.
I was put on the spot a little when His Grace King Richard himself (or perhaps it was his Friday stunt double?) introduced me, but once again it was lovely to see how delighted the children were who had been nominated to receive the books for their hard work, loyalty, dedication to friends, throughout the previous year (all of course aspects that King Richard himself, and the members of the Order, value highly).
His Grace was kind enough to himself present the books to the children as you can see in the photographs kindly taken by Fiona and Debbie Hindhaugh.
The children were then treated to the story of how King Richard’s grave was found delivered with her usual verve by the inimitable Philippa Langley.
All in all a great day – and a marvellous start to a memorable weekend.
Many thanks to Kim and her group for organizing and funding it all, and to the schools themselves and to Gill Savage and her team at the Castle.
Loyaulte me lie 😀🐗