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Diamond Jubilee artwork to be unveiled

November 30, 2012 10:55 AM

A joint artwork by Cambridge's Netherhall School pupils, residents and artist, Zoe Chamberlain to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will be unveiled on December 11.

The 60-60 Jubilee bench in Wulfstan Way commemorates the royal event while at the same time remembering 60 years in the Queen Edith's ward and looking to the future.

Cambridge City Councillor, Lib Dem George Pippas, who represents the ward, led a steering group to work on the bench bringing together the ideas of schoolchildren and residents.

Pensioners and youngsters from the area's schools were given cardboard thrones to design and their work was exhibited in the city centre in October. Zoe then took some of the designs and incorporated them into the Jubilee bench.

It will be unveiled during the Christmas lights switch on in Wulfstan Way which will be carried out by the Mayor of Cambridge, Sheila Stuart. During the event carols will be sung by church and school choirs.

Cllr Pippas said: "We wanted everyone to be involved in this artwork which celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee while at the same time remembering 60 years of local history and looking forward to the next 60 years.

"The whole community was involved in this project from start to finish. We even included school art students and representatives from the community, church and council on the panel which interviewed and selected our artist.

"It has been great to see everyone pooling their ideas and I hope the bench will be there for posterity and enjoyed for years to come.