THE 800th anniversary of the signing of one of the most important documents in British history was celebrated in Rugby borough.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey joined the congregation from St Andrew’s Church in Shilton to plant saplings to commemorate the signing of the Magna Carta.
The event was part of celebrations taking place across the country through the ancient and veteran yew tree campaign organised by the Conservation Foundation and the Church of England.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mark said: “The signing of the charter by King John was a historic moment, as the principles and values laid down by Magna Carta has formed the basis of the country’s laws.
“The yew tree is symbolic to Magna Carta, as a yew tree in Runnymede is believed to have been the location for the original signing back in 1215.
“I was delighted to be join local residents in Shilton to support the campaign. It is a great honour to have been given the opportunity to plant one of the saplings and to join in the celebrations to mark the anniversary.”