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Donington church sees surge in visitors following the discovery of Matthew Flinders' remains in London

There has been a surge in visits to Donington church since the remains of explorer Matthew Flinders were discovered in London.

A group dedicated to bringing home Donington's most famous son - and laying him to rest inside St Mary and the Holy Rood Church - will hold a public meeting on Monday.

The plan for Matthew's homecoming has the backing of key figures, including Matthew's direct descendants.

Alan James with part of the Donington church museum devoted to explorer Matthew Flinders.
Alan James with part of the Donington church museum devoted to explorer Matthew Flinders.

Edward Finch, from the Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home Group, says: "Monday's meeting will bring everyone up to date with what the group has achieved so far and what we aim to do in the future."

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes is expected to say a few words about his involvement in the campaign to bring Matthew home.

The group includes representatives from the parish council, the church, Flinders Founders and The Britain-Australia Society.

Mr Finch said the church had reported "a large increase in visitor numbers" since the discovery of Matthew's remains.

The group's new leaflet about the explorer and Donington is due to be launched at Monday's meeting.

The meeting will be held in The Ruby Hunt Centre, in Church Street, Donington, starting at 7.30pm.

Donington church has a small museum dedicated to Matthew Flinders, and the man who looks after it, Alan James, recently gave a talk and guided tour to members of Horncastle U3A's Exploring Churches Group.

* Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) mapped the coast of Australia and is credited with giving that country its name.

Archaeologists working on the HS2 project found Matthew's coffin - identified by a breast plate - in January.

Previously ...

UPDATE AND VIDEO OF EXCAVATION SITE: Remains of Donington-born Matthew Flinders discovered

FEATURE: What's in a Name? Discovering Donington's explorer son

A 'home' for Matthew Flinders inside Donington church?

Support grows for Bring Matthew Flinders home to Donington campaign

MP wants a Donington homecoming for Matthew Flinders

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