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Gold hoard at the Potteries Museum

By Chris Heath

Philip Snow and Jeff Kent with the pennant of Mercia
Philip Snow (left) and Jeff Kent with the pennant of Mercia.

People who say they are citizens of the Anglo-Saxon region of Mercia have made a claim for the Staffordshire Hoard.

Jeff Kent, who is the 'Convenor of the Acting Witan for Mercia' made the claim outside The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

Hundreds of people visiting The Hoard watched and cheered as the claims were made.

Up until the Norman invasion of 1066, Mercia covered the whole of the Midlands.

Jeff was joined by the 'Acting Sheriff of Staffordshire', Philip Snow, who also made a declaration claiming The Hoard should remain in its home of Mercia.

The Kingdom of Mercia

'Mercians' declared themselves independent from the rest of the United Kingdom in 2003. They believe that the current political system is illegal and that the UK has no legal authority in the Kingdom of Mercia.

Jeff has already written to the Queen twice to claim that the gold belongs to Mercia and that the British Crown has stolen The Hoard.

Safeguard The Hoard

In his speech, Jeff authorised the Potteries Museum to keep The Hoard and safeguard it.


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