Mayor 'honoured' to attend the Society's Magna Carta party
The Mayor of Greenwich, councillor Norman Adams, has thanked the Greenwich Society for the Magna Carta celebrations in his blog -
"One of the most important documents in history, the Magna Carta, turned 800 years this month.
The Magna Carta formed the cornerstone of the idea of liberty and law both in England and across the world. It inspired the US Declaration of Independence, the European Convention on Human Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It was, for me, a great honour to attend the Greenwich Society's celebration of the Magna Carta. The celebrations began in the University of Greenwich's new library and architecture building in Stockwell Street, before moving across the road to St Alfege Church. Bells rang out in coordination with the other locations across the country from which the barons who forced King John to sign the Magna Carta came.
The event was concluded with speeches from myself and the MP Matthew Pennycook, who described the political significance of the Magna Carta. Professor Carpenter, a medieval historian, spoke about the historical importance of the event and described west Greenwich's Baron Geoffrey de Say's role in the proceedings.
So thanks very much for the invite!"