Time to step up to status that history has given us
It is with some consternation that I read ("Richard III: Tomb design does not meet Leicester Cathedral's criteria", "Richard III: Stone slab to mark final resting place of king, says Leicester Cathedral") about a seeming dispute between Leicester Cathedral and the Richard III Society as to the nature of Richard's proposed tomb.
At a time when we are having to fight tooth and nail (not to mention the rest of him) in Parliament and the press to retain Richard's body in Leicester, this new squabble cannot possibly aid our cause.
The fact is we are proposing to inter the body of a former King of England in our cathedral.
It was the single-minded determination of the Richard III Society and Philippa Langley, in particular, to restore Richard's reputation and legacy that resulted in his body being found in the first place.
Surely we cannot now expect them to settle for anything less than the memorial they feel is befitting of a king.
If they don't feel that this can be achieved in Leicester or we put too many obstacles in their way, they will start to look elsewhere. We know how keen York is to get its hands on him.
The fact is, we as a city have very little to show for our Richard III connection. Besides the Guildhall, there is next to nothing medieval to see or to capture the imagination.
I have lived here all my life and still haven't found anything resembling a castle.
Bosworth is miles away and currently very difficult to get to.
Yes, there will be a new visitor centre/museum, but what people will flock to is the body itself and when that is in the ground, the tomb/monument will be the long-term and lasting attraction.
A slab on the cathedral floor will not suffice.
This is an unprecedented time in our history. We are set to be one of the few cities outside of London that is the resting place of a monarch.
It is time to step up to the status that history has accorded us.
Yes, we're not used to being "on the map" but let's have confidence (something we typically lack as a city) and build something worth coming to see. We've got a king of England!
If we don't buck our ideas up, we'll lose him.
Nigel Underwood, Leicester.
In my view, there is one overwhelming reason why Richard III should have a tomb rather than a slab in the floor at Leicester Cathedral and that is his dignity.
That poor man has been walked over and parked on for 500 years, a disrespect that ordinary people in ordinary cemeteries are spared.
People prefer to walk around graves, not knowingly over them, and, personally, I have always felt uncomfortable doing so in churches where they are in aisles and unavoidable.
Yes, the memorial's appearance within the cathedral matters, but I really hope the Church authorities will value human decency at least as highly.
Please don't put him back under people's feet.
Helena Edwards, Birstall.
here we are again. In survey after survey, we're asked our opinion about one issue or another only to find that those in power refuse to accept what we say anyway and do just what they wanted to do in the first place.
Surely the former king of England, the last one to die in battle, deserves better than an old slab.
I hear Jewsons does a good line in different sorts.
Wayne Manship, Leicester.
After my initial excitement upon hearing the news of the discovery of the remains of King Richard III, I supported the Leicester Cathedral reburial.
This was further enhanced by the proposed design of a tomb by the Richard III Society.
In the background to these events have been the claims of York to the remains.
After the recent brief from Leicester Cathedral to its architect for a slab in the floor, and the constant opportunistic lime-lighting of events by the city mayor, I no longer think Leicester is up to the job.
I'm sure York is better suited to showing respect to a king of the realm.
There is still time to get it right in Leicester.
The whole world is watching you!
Tony Jarram, Loughborough.
I do not know who to write to to object to Leicester Cathedral's plan to bury Richard III under a stone. This is appalling.
He was a monarch and should have a proper, substantial tomb.
I know others feel the same way. Do you know what can be done to express our objection and press for an appropriate tomb?
G Baron, Leicester.
If Leicester Cathedral seeks to deny Richard III a tomb fit for a king, perhaps his final resting place should be elsewhere after all.
Kevin McShane, Leicester.