Town’s hopes for share of £200k Magna Carta fund

Durham Cathedral 1216 copy of the Magna Carta.

Durham Cathedral 1216 copy of the Magna Carta.

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New hopes of Helmsley benefitting from funding for the historic Magna Carta celebrations next year have been raised, members of Helmsley Town Council have been told.

Cllr Martin Vander Weyer who represents the town on a national committee set up to mark the signing of the famous charter in 1215, said it was hoped Helmsley could obtain some funding from a £200,000 source which had been identified after an earlier National Lottery fund for the celebrations failed to materialise.

“The money has come within sight of the organisers,” he added.

As well as Helmsley, the towns of Topcliffe, Thirsk and Skipton are each marking the milestone because of their ancient links through their local Barons, who supported King John.

The charter was the first document forced onto a King of England by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights.

A meeting of interested people and organisations in Helmsley is being held on May 15.

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