York Council said its campaign to have Richard III buried in the city was gaining momentum with 15,000 people signing a petition.
A number of people are backing its campaign including Coun Tim Fox leader, of Scarborough Borough Council, and Charles Brunner, descendant of Richard III’s sister, Anne of York, who said: “We repatriate those who give their lives in battle, so why is this any different?”
Coun James Alexander, York Council leader, said: “Support for Richard III as a man and monarch as evidenced by signatures on the petition (via www.bringbackrichard.co.uk) and voiced to us, is as deeply and widely felt now, as in his lifetime.
“A number of his descendants have appealed to us to uphold their ancestor’s known living wishes to be buried in York.”
However, the campaign hit an obstacle on Thursday when York Minster distanced itself from the movement, saying that Leicester should be Richard’s final resting place under the terms of a licence granted when it was agreed to exhume the monarch’s body.