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Leicester Mercury builds web timeline to showcase King Richard III story

Since the discovery of King Richard III underneath a Leicester car park in 2012, the Leicester Mercury has played a key role in reporting all the news from the saga.

It has published around 200 articles since the University of Leicester and Richard III society confirmed that the remains at Grey Friars were those of the long-lost King. As the story nears its end with the interment of the King in Leicester at the end of the month, the Mercury has built a timeline to pull together many of the articles published to date.

Reporter Peter Warzynski has covered the story from the very beginning and said: "So much has happened since the bones were originally discovered. There was a judicial review to keep the bones in Leicester which ended up costing more than the original dig. There was a further wrangle over who actually owns the bones and our coverage drew support from the 17th great grandnephew of the King, MPs and a host of celebs including former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Kasabian and local pundit, Gary Lineker. That really is just the tip of the iceberg in what has become an incredible story for Leicester. The timeline is a great way to put all these pieces together."

Mercury editor Kevin Booth said: "It's a fascinating story and we hope the timeline will serve as a great way for children and the wider community to delve into this amazing piece of history. The eyes of the world will be on Leicester for the interment and this is a great way of showcasing the wealth of stories and information the Mercury has published since the discovery was first made."

Rob Carter, digital director said: "We used a third party tool called Timeline.js to actually build the timeline. The tool is powered by a Google sheet containing all the text and links you want to appear. It's a great free resource and a brilliant way to chart a long-running story such as this one. We plan to re-publish the timeline every few days to keep it current."