Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Richard III fanatic threatens Dean of York with eternal fire

It seems spirits were running high at the Solemn Choral Evensong held at York Minster on the day Richard III was laid to rest in Leicester.

As the Leicester Mercury tells it:
A disgruntled pensioner who told the former Dean of Leicester she would burn in hell as she led a cathedral service in York has earned himself a criminal record. 
Retired accountant David John Smith, 66, admitted having a drink before going to York Minster and confronting the Very Rev Vivienne Faull - now Dean of York - and telling her, "God will not forgive you for what you have done to Richard. You will burn in the hell fires forever." 
The tirade was a reference to the Very Rev Faull's blessing that Richard III be reburied in Leicester ... 
The agitated Ricardian then shoved a police officer as he was escorted out of the cathedral, and was arrested. 
He pleaded guilty to a public order offence and assault at York Magistrates' Court, last week, and was given a six-month conditional discharge.
The faction that wanted to see Richard buried in York was vocal on Twitter, but we never fell to fisticuffs.

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