The skeleton of Richard III. Pic copyright University of Leicester

Following the incredible discovery of the remains of King Richard III, a campaign has begun for his remains to return home to the county.

Known as Richard of York prior to his coronation, he is regarded by some as the only ever northern king.

He spent some of his childhood and formative years in Middleham and Sheriff Hutton in Yorkshire – which some say is his spiritual home – and began his education as a nobleman here too.

There’s now a Richard III Hotel in Middleham, a Yorkshire-made Richard III Wensleydale cheese and Richard III museum in York

Now the county’s tourism agency, Welcome to Yorkshire, is making an audacious bid for his remains to return to Yorkshire.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said, “We believe that the remains of Richard III should be returned to Yorkshire, his childhood and spiritual home.

“He has been described as the country’s only northern king and we think it would be appropriate for him to rest in peace in the north.”

The campaign has also attracted expert support.

Sandra Wadley, Chairman of the Society of Friends of King Richard III, said: “Although Richard III was born at Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, he spent ten years of his life here in the North at Middleham.  We in the Society of Friends of King Richard III therefore believe that even if he wasn’t born in Gods own county he is an adopted Yorkshireman.

“York was Richard’s city, the people of York loved him, and Richard loved York, you only have to look in York City Archives to see how much he was loved.  For a city to put these words in writing was a very brave thing to do.  Please let him come back to York and Yorkshire.”

Joe Ann Ricca, founder and chief executive of The Richard III Foundation, Inc., said, “Richard obviously had no choice after he was killed as to where his remains were taken, but today we have the opportunity to right the many wrongs that have been done to this unjustly maligned king, by correcting the distorted picture that has been painted of Richard over the centuries, and by bringing his remains home to Yorkshire, and to York Minster as he wanted.”

The Foundation has launched an online petition at www.thepetitionsite.com/369/648/460/time-for-king-richard-iii-to-come-home-to-york/

Meanwhile, Welcome to Yorkshire has launched a social media campaign, which you can support and follow @welcome2yorks and #bringhimhome

There is also a petition on the Government’s ePetitions website at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38772

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, said, “King Richard III is one of the most important figures in North Yorkshire’s history. It has been repeated through the centuries that his wish was to be buried in York and, now his remains have been discovered, his wish should be granted.

“No-one wants another war over this – we should thank Leicester for discovering his remains but they should now be returned to North Yorkshire for the proper burial he deserves in the place he wanted to be remembered.

“I will now be writing to the University of Leicester and Ministry of Justice, who granted the licence for the exhumation, to make this case.”

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  1. Geoff Bennett

    Now is the to bring our good King Richard 111 home to Yorkshire
    Natural justice says so
    One last act of loyalty to our King demands it.

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