Lamppost scheme looks for sponsors

A project that will see colourful horses’ heads on lamp posts along Newmarket High Street is under starters’ orders.

The Heading for Newmarket initiative, led by town councillor Joy Uney, was first suggested to the council by a Newmarket resident in 2011.

Eighty-three-year-old Harvey Hofman, of Brookfields Close, had seen a similar scheme when he visited Meiningen in Germany and thought it would look good in Newmarket.

Cllr Uney, who was the driving force behind the Horse About Newmarket project two years ago, has already secured £3,000 of funding thanks to donations of £600 from Suffolk County Council and £2,400 from an anonymous donor.

Town school pupils will be asked to come up with designs for the horses’ heads, which will be made of diecut aluminium and attached to the lamp posts.

Businesses and individuals will also be asked whether they would like to sponsor heads, which the town council hopes to have installed in time for Newmarket’s Guineas Festival race meeting in May.

Anyone interested in supporting the project should contact Kay Dawson on 01638 667227.