King’s burial call rejected

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CALLS for the recently-discovered remains of King Richard III to be reburied in Worksop are set to be snubbed.

The idea was proposed by John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, due to the town’s position mid-way between Leicester, where the remains were found, and the 15th century monarch’s ancestral seat at York.

Mr Mann said: “The great priory of Worksop, halfway between Leicester and York, the end of the road of the forest and the centre of the kingdom of Richard III can provide the most appropriate final resting place.”

Richard III was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 during the Battle of Bosworth.

He is suspected of murdering his nephews to take the throne and his reign was marred by rebellion.

Richard’s body was buried at the church of the Franciscan Friary in Leicester, known as the Greyfriars, but his whereabouts became lost over time – until remains were found beneath a Leicester car park.

However, justice minister Helen Grant said the skeleton would be interred at Leicester Cathedral if tests proved it was Richard III.