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Memorial to open in September

Proposed plan for Bill Tutte memorial.

Proposed plan for Bill Tutte memorial.

The memorial to Newmarket-born wartime codebreaker Bill Tutte will be officially opened next September.

Work on the commemorative sculpture called The Codebreaker, will begin early in the new year and it will form the centrepiece of a new landscaped public open space outside the town’s historic Rutland Arms Hotel.

Thanks to the work of the Bill Tutte Memorial working group and donations from local councils, businesses, the racing industry, and town residents, the sculpture, which has been designed by Cambridge sculptor Harry Gray has now been officially commissioned.

Guests at the opening will include Brian Cox, the pop star turned professor, who featured Tutte’s work in one of his recent television science programmes and is a patron of the Bill Tutte Memorial Fund.

He will be joined by Professor Dan Younger, who worked with Tutte at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and wrote his memoir for the Royal Society.

Jerry Roberts, now 93, who worked with Tutte during his code breaking years at Bletchley Park has been asked to officially unveil the sculpture.

A civic reception is also being planned to be hosted by the town mayor.

The Newmarket Journal began the campaign to get official recognition for Bill Tutte, whose codebreaking work was credited with shortening the Second War War by at least two years, two years ago.

Content editor, Alison Hayes, took the idea to the town council, and the memorial working group was formed.

“It is fantastic to think that by this time next year Newmarket’s forgotten hero will have the recognition he deserves in the town where he was born and the town he loved,” she said.

 

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