Councillors have given their backing to a plan for a bronze statue of the Queen with a mare and foal on Birdcage Walk in Newmarket.
Last night they were given the first glimpse of the statute, in maquette form, by members of the Newmarket Commemoration Committee which was formed in April last year to look at ways the area might celebrate the monarch’s 90th birthday next year.
Two sculptors are involved, Charlie Langton, responsible for fashioning the mare and foal, and Etienne Millner who has created the sculpture of the Queen.
The project, which has been 18 months in the planning, is being funded privately, at no cost to local councils. A planning application is expected to be submitted next month to site the statue on the grass area close to the High Street junction with Hamilton Road. It will stand on a plinth in a specially landscape area designed by Roger Hall.
From today the maquette will be on display at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket as part of a public consultation. Free tickets to see it are available at the museum on request.
For more on the statue proposal see Thursday’s Newmarket Journal.