Fundraisers are celebrating after a £10,000 donation from a local store brought a project to commemorate a Newmarket-born wartime codebreaker a step closer.
This week members of the Bill Tutte Memorial working group heard that TK Maxx on Rutland Hill, close to where the commemorative sculpture will be sited, had pledged £10,000 to the project.
Group chairman, and Journal content editor, Alison Hayes, said: “This is fantastic news and we are so grateful to TK Maxx for its support for a project we believe will make such a difference to this area of Newmarket High Street.
“Our secretary Richard Fletcher has been working tirelessly in raising the money we need to make this project happen and his efforts are really starting to pay off.
“When, two years ago, the Journal began its campaign to honour Bill Tutte for his extraordinary wartime work which saw him crack the Nazi Lorenz code, thus ensuring the success of operations like D-Day, this all seemed just a dream. Now it is becoming a reality thanks to donations like this one and all the gifts we have received from supporters, Journal readers and town residents, for which we are very grateful.”
The project is also being backed by Suffolk County Council, Newmarket Town Council and Forest Heath District Council, which are providing funds to create a landscaped area where the memorial sculpture, The Codebreaker, will stand.
It will be made by Cambridge sculptor Harry Gray, whose design features punched steel columns reflecting the punched paper tape Tutte worked with at Bletchley Park as he cracked the code.
Go to www.billtuttememorial.org for more details of the project.