Spectacular paintings by renowned Newmarket equine artist Jacquie Jones were the centrepiece of a special commemoration of the town’s devastating fire of 1683 , held in the town last month. The evening also included music by the Newmarket Community Choir, whose director Robert Cross had written a special fire song to mark the occasion. poetry by local writer Yvonne Zellen and a lecture by local historian John Sutton on the blaze that destroyed half the town. He explained that the choice of King’s restaurant as the venue for the event was particularly appropriate, as the area where it now stands was once occupied by the surviving portion of King James I’s lodgings which served as a temporary sanctuary for some of the Merry Monarch’s courtiers fleeing the inferno.
The High Street was the scene of an equine stampede as terrified horses were released from the stables attached to the many of the town’s inns and it was this that inspired the work exhibited by Jacquie .