Work has begun on the memorial to World War Two Bletchley code breaker Bill Tutte.
Newmarket born Mr Tutte was responsible for cracking the German Lorenz code (called Tunny by the British) and this is credited with shortening the conflict in Europe by two years.
However he was not recognised for 50 years due to elements of post war security but a campaign by the Newmarket Journal in 2012 led to the decision to create a memorial to him.
Funding from Suffolk County Council, Newmarket Town Council and Forest Heath District Council and fund-raising has enabled the project to go ahead and on Wednesday the start was made to the Rutland Hill memorial.
This has been designed by sculptor Harry Gray and features five brushed stainless steel panels perforated to resemble the punched paper tape used to decode messages. Viewed from one aspect Bill’s features can be seen in the work which reflects his unique mathematical approach.
As well as the sculpture students are being given the chance to apply for a study scholarship named after Bill Tutte.
This is the idea of the Bill Tutte Memorial working group which has been instrumental in raising money for the project.
The scholarship will enable a local student to study maths or computer science at university.