WEB POLL: The Hornblower’s speech

Hornblower George Pickles says changing the story would "take magic away".
Hornblower George Pickles says changing the story would "take magic away".

Two weeks ago, we reported on proposals by the Mayor of Ripon to change the Hornblower’s historical script to omit details of King Alfred’s legendary visit.

Coun Mick Stanley said: “The real history of Ripon is far more interesting than the myth. The current script is Victorian spin, created in 1886, a thousand years after King Alfred had relieved London from the Vikings.”

But the Hornblower, Coun George Pickles, said removing the story would be a “glaring omission” and would “re-write the history of the city and the tale I have inherited from my predecessors”.

“If you take the story away, you take that magic away,” he added.

Letters from readers sent to the Gazette have supported both sides of the argument so we want to know what you think: should the Hornblower’s speech be changed to reflect only the verified facts? Vote now.