A school who used what they thought was a model skeleton to teach pupils about the human body were shocked to discover that it was actually the remains of a real person.
The bag of bones, affectionally named Arthur, has been used countless times in art lessons by staff at Haydock High School in Wigan over the past 40 years.
But art technician Sandra Dixon recently started wondering if the skeleton was more than just a prosthetic tool and started investigating.
Sandra approached a local funeral director for further testing and discovered Arthur was in fact an Indian man in his late 20s who died in the early 1900s.
Funeral: Arthur is set to be given a proper burial (SWNS)
It’s not known whether he travelled to the UK alive - or as a skeleton.
Now, over 100 years after he died, Arthur is set to be given a proper burial.
Bill Craddock from Haydock Funeral Service has offered to supply the school with a full funeral including wicker coffin, hearse and bearers free of charge.
Arthur will finally get a fitting send-off this week at Greenacre Woodland Burials in Rainford, Gtr Manchester.
Keely Thompson, marketing and community liaison at Greenacre, said: “We are delighted to provide a final resting place for Arthur. It’s a beautiful place of burial.”
The funeral will be attended by staff and pupils from Haydock High.