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Nominations open for charter bearers to take part in Magna Carta celebrations

Nominations open for charter bearers to take part in Magna Carta celebrations

Lucy Elder

Nominations open for charter bearers to take part in Magna Carta celebrations

A call for nominations for people to play a special role in June's Magna Carta 800th celebrations has been made by the Royal Borough.

Up to 33 people from the Royal Borough, Runnymede and Spelthorne will be able to play a special role in June’s Magna Carta celebrations as charter bearers.

They will help carry a replica of the Magna Carta down the River Thames on the Royal Shallop Jubilant on various legs of Magna Carta 800th – The River Relay, which is taking place on June 13-14.

Cllr Eileen Quick (Con, Clewer East), cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: “Magna Carta is integral to the freedom and democracy we all enjoy today, so it is fitting that members of our various communities will be able to take part in this special celebration.”

Community groups, faith groups, charities, schools, clubs and societies are invited to put forward nominations explaining  why they feel their nominee should be considered.

Nominees must live, work or study in the Royal Borough, Runnymede or Spelthorne and be over the age of 16 by June 12.

Cllr Christine Bateson (Con, Sunningdale), cabinet member for community partnerships, added: “Along with the replica, charter bearers will help pass on the meaning, spirit and legacy of Magna Carta and be part of the vibrant colour and pageantry on the river.”

The closing date for applications is April 2 and names will be announced at the end of that month.

Visit www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/museum_mc800_river_relay_charter_bearers.htm for the application form.

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