'Bring Matthew home' calls gather pace in Donington
A ‘bring him home’ campaign is gathering pace in Donington after the remains of the village’s most famous son were discovered near London’s Euston Station.
Many people in Donington would like to see Captain Matthew Flinders reburied inside the parish church, St Mary and the Holy Rood.
Donington Parish Council clerk Diane Fairweather told members on Thursday that she couldn’t “name names” but a meeting was planned in Lincoln between the Dean and a couple of parties.
She said the two great-great grandchildren were having a conversation with the Australian people - and the Home Office is involved as are the archaeological society.
Later, the clerk said she hadn’t got to the bottom of what the meeting in Lincoln is about.
Chairman Arthur Baldwin said: “We will keep you all informed but things are looking positive at the moment.
“We want to put Donington back on the map again.”
Matthew Flinders mapped the coast of Australia and is credited with giving the country its name.
He was buried in London after he died in 1814 but the site is being excavated by HS2.
Some believed Matthew’s remains had previously been moved to another site but excavations uncovered his coffin and a lead breast plate proved it was the explorer.
Resident Eddie Finch, who attended the council meeting, has since written to county councillor and district council chairman Rodney Grocock calling for a public meeting.
He said: “Local residents want to be involved but just don’t know what is going on behind the scenes and how they can possibly help now and in the future.
“Donington really does need to show we can provide a fitting place for Flinders’s final resting place and are not just some little village south of Lincoln.”
* We conducted a poll on Spalding Today when 206 votes were cast - 86 per cent were in favour of Matthew's remains returning to Donington and 14 per cent were against.