MPs to be lobbied over Magna Carta celebrations

MPs to be lobbied over Magna Carta celebrations

Justin Burns

MPs to be lobbied over Magna Carta celebrations
The Magna Carta

Members of parliament could be lobbied to push for national celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

The idea was put forward at the Royal Borough's Windsor town forum meeting at the Guildhall last night.

They discussed how Windsor could commemorate, and maximise tourism from the signing of the political document, which was sealed in a woodland in Runnymede, near Wraysbury in 1215.

Cllr Eileen Quick (Con, Clewer East) said the Magna Carta was 'important' to our country and to people around the world and must be celebrated.

She said: "We cannot let Windsor be left behind and Wraysbury has stolen a march on us and we have to look at what we are doing.

"Maybe we can lobby our Windsor MP Adam Afriyie to bring it up at national level."

Forum speaker Margaret Lenton, who is organising events in Wraysbury, said Maidenhead MP and Home Secretary Theresa May could also be asked to raise it in parliament.

Another suggestion was to get the USA involved as it is thought the Americans are keen to mark the anniversary as the Magna Carta was used by early settlers in America and later influenced the United States Constitution.

One idea was that a US business could be sought to sponsor the commemoration.

Cllr John Penfold (Ind, Clewer North) said it was an international event of 'incredible importance' and called for a Windsor lecture to be given on it by a historian or professor.

Other ideas put forward to commemorate it in Windsor in June 2015 were a medieval fair, an exhibition, photography competition and a themed schools day.

But Cllr John Lenton (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) who raised the discussion, said the Royal Borough was 'on its own' in organising events.

He said Surrey Country Council, who the borough was going to work with had yet to reveal any celebration plans so it was 'up to us how we celebrate it'.

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