A former Suffolk schoolteacher, whose research led to the discovery of Richard III’s bones beneath a council car park, has called for the king to be given a Roman Catholic funeral.
Dr John Ashdown-Hill taught languages at Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, before embarking on the Looking For Richard project, which found the lost grave in Leicester in 2012.
He has backed a petition calling for the monarch to be given Catholic observances when placed in a coffin.
Dr Ashdown-Hill, who now lives in Lawford, Essex, believes the remains of the pre-Reformation king, who was an active member of the Catholic Church, should be prepared for burial in a religious venue instead of a science laboratory.
There is a petition running to ask for Richard III to be interred in a Roman Catholic chapel before the reburial. If you agree, you can sign the petition here. The poll closes on Sunday night.