Doncaster firm’s work is fit for a King

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A Doncaster business has been involved in a project to construct the altar for the final resting place of Richard III.

Doncaster-based limestone suppliers Glebestone Sales have been part of a number of historical restorations since the business was formed four years ago.

And now they have completed their biggest project to date – cutting and supplying the stone on the floor and altar plinth for the tomb of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.

King Richard’s skeleton was found in 2012 in an old friary beneath a car park.

His funeral cortege arrived at Leicester cathedral this week and he was finally re-interred during a ceremony at the Cathedral on Thursday.

Nick Bristow, joint director of Glebestone Sales, said he was thrilled to have been involved in the project.

“We’re only a small company and are obviously honoured to have been chosen to take part in this prestigious project,” said Nick, of Finch Road, Balby.

The 58-year-old added: “We had to compete with a number of other companies from around the country to get it. “They decided that they wanted a company that uses materials from the Ancaster quarry which bears historical significance to the King. We had to wait a year to find out whether we would be chosen for the project, which is actually relatively quick in stonemason terms, but we are very glad to have been chosen.

“We’re hoping that it will help to raise our profile.”

Glebestone Sales provides limestone to the UK stone industry from the Lincolnshire-based Ancaster Quarry.

The company has been commissioned to provide materials for prestigious restoration projects across the region, including St Andrew’s Church in Epworth and St Martin’s Memorial Archway in Owston Ferry.