The race is on to raise the remaining funds needed to start work on a memorial sculpture dedicated to Newmarket-born wartime code breaker Bill Tutte.
The project will cost around £200,000 and so far fund raisers with the help of grants from Suffolk County Council, Newmarket Town Council and Forest Heath District Council, have collected nearly £150,000.
The aim is to have the sculpture by Harry Gray, officially opened on June 6 next year to co-incide with the 70th anniversary of D Day, the military operation that owed much of its success to Bill Tutte’s work.
Richard Fletcher, secretary of the Bill Tutte Memorial Fund, said: “The response to our public appeal for funds has been magnificent. We are extremely grateful to all those who have given so generously but we are not home yet. We urge all those who would like to see this remarkable man commemorated in our town, to make a donation so that we can achieve our aim of a truly community project of which we can all be proud.” Donations can be sent to the Newmarket Journal at Rookery House, Newmarket.