Council asked to back proposal for a statue of the Queen in Newmarket

The Queen at the National Stud in Newmarket ANL-150924-132552001
The Queen at the National Stud in Newmarket ANL-150924-132552001

Newmarket councillors are being asked to give their support to a statue of the Queen in Newmarket as part of the celebration to mark her 90th birthday next year.

The statue, details of which are due to be unveiled on Monday, would be erected on Birdcage Walk, on land owned by the town council, if members give their permission.

A public consultation will also be put in place so residents can see what is being proposed.

The project is the brainchild of a working group headed by Nick Wingfield Digby, High Sheriff of Suffolk and senior partner at Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons with 
Cllr Rachel Hood and members include Frances Stanley, Kirsten Rausing and Justin Wadham.

The statue, which will be privately funded, would be a fitting tribute to the monarch and her love of racing and thoroughbred breeding. She currently has horses in training in Newmarket with William Haggas, Michael Bell and Sir Michael Stoute who sent Estimate out to win the Ascot Gold Cup in the Royal silks, the first time a reigning monarch had won the race in its 207-year history.

Next year Newmarket will be marking 350 years since King Charles II officially started racing under rules with the Newmarket Town Plate and laid the foundations of the sport which has made the town internationally famous.

And earlier this year, councillors voted unanimously to apply for patronage, giving the town the official title of Royal Newmarket.

An application letter and accompanying 80-page book detailing the town’s connection to the Royal Family has been sent to the Cabinet Office but it is the reigning monarch’s decision whether to bestow the honour.

Town councillors will see a maquette of the proposed statue and have the chance to meet the designer and sculptor ahead of their meeting at the memorial hall on Monday.