'King In the Car Park' story divides Tamworth and North Warwickshire
BATTLE LINES have been drawn up once again over the field in Bosworth where the 'King in the Car Park' lost his crown – only this time it's Tamworth and Atherstone who are squaring up.
The quirky quarrel has broken out following last week's story in the Herald which referred to Henry Tudor's army having camped in Tamworth and attended church in the town the night before the battle.
Indignant North Warwickshire readers insist that Henry camped in Atherstone and prayed at Merevale Church.
The tongue-in-cheek tussle will continue tomorrow when North Warwickshire's mayor Lorna Dirveiks and Tamworth mayor Tina Clements call into the Herald offices to battle out their claim to the royal link.
No weapons will be involved.
Lorna said: "Henry Tudor is part of Atherstone's history and as Mayor of North Warwickshire I cannot sit back and see it appropriated by Tamworth. Therefore, as a matter of civic honour, I throw down the gauntlet to Mayor Tina to prove Tamworth's claim to this important piece of local history."
But Tina said: "Atherstone and its surrounding countryside is very beautiful and has a lot to recommend it, but on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth, Henry Tudor would have wanted to stay in a town fit for a king – and that's Tamworth!"