Tutte memorial in line for award

Bill Tutte memorial opening ANL-150201-110246001
Bill Tutte memorial opening ANL-150201-110246001

Newmarket’s Bill Tutte Memorial has been short-listed for a national award.

The Placemaking Awards recognise projects, plans, people and organisations that are making places better.

The Codebreaker sculpture by Harry Gray was commissioned by the Bill Tutte Memorial working group, and backed by Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath and Newmarket Town councils. It was unveiled on the town’s Rutland Hill in September last year and has made the final in the category for best use of arts, culture or sport in place-making.

Newmarket-born Bill Tutte was stationed at Bletchley Park during the war years and was instrumental in cracking the Nazi Lorenz code which was used by the Nazi High Command to communicate directly with its generals in the field shortening the war by up to two years and saving millions of lives.

His work led to the development of the world’s first electronic computer.

Working group chairman, Alison Hayes, said: “This is a great endorsement of Harry’s wonderful piece of art and the group’s determination to get public recognition of Bill’s work. The sculpture has really improved the High Street and has created a lot of interest both from residents and visitors alike.”

The award winners will be announced in London at the end of next month.