THE controversy surrounding the discovery of the skeleton of Richard III beneath a Leicester car park is now coming to Stow.

When archaeologists from Leicester University announced last year they had found the remains of the notorious king, it made headlines all around the world and was hailed as one of the biggest historical discoveries for decades.

But the news led to a bitter dispute about where the last Plantagenet monarch's bones should be laid to rest, in Leicester cathedral or in York, his ancestral home which is now being settled by the High Court.

However, another row has blown up, with two leading academics questioning whether the skeleton is that of Richard III after all.

The man at the centre of the furore, Dr Richard Buckley, leader of the team of archaeologists who found the skeleton and identified it as Richard III's, will be addressing the Stow and District Civic Society.

Dr Buckley is giving the sell-out talk on Friday, April 25 at 7.30 pm in St Edward's Hall and is expected to explain how he and his team made their find, and why they are so certain it is that of the monarch who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The historians casting doubt on this claim, argue the skeleton could belong to a blood relative of the king.