Crown sculpture plan at half funding

Diamond Jubilee Project
Diamond Jubilee Project

THE organisation behind a plan to create a public tribute for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is appealing for support.

Harrogate in Bloom hopes to install a permanent sculpture in the centre of the Crown roundabout, at the foot of Montpellier Hill.

It has already received donations totalling £3,750 from a number of companies and organisations - but needs a further £3,250 to complete the project.

Harrogate in Bloom president Pam Grant said: “The Diamond Jubilee is an amazing event in this country’s history and we know many will want to celebrate it.

“What we are proposing is an exciting project, which we are working on with Harrogate Borough Council’s parks team, to provide something that will add to our tourist attraction as well as publicly recognise this historic occasion.

“Our idea is to commission a wrought iron sculpture replicating the Queen’s coronation crown which will be made by Chiltondale Wrought Ironsmiths based in Summerbridge.

“The Crown roundabout seemed the perfect place to provide this commemorative artwork as it is at the centre of one of the busiest parts of the town for both residents and visitors being so close to the tourist coach stop and the Valley Gardens.

“Once in position the parks team will have an interesting iconic sculpture to act as a centrepiece to the stunning seasonal bedding displays.

“We are very grateful to those that have contributed so far and now hope that residents in the town will also help by making a donation however large or small. We will publicly recognise all contributions.”

Harrogate in Bloom has been invited to enter this year’s Britain in Bloom competition and will include the sculpture in its portfolio for judging.

Support so far has come from Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce, T&R Theakston Ltd, the North of England Horticultural Society (organisers of the Harrogate Flower Shows), Bettys & Taylors, Tennants Auctioneers, the Crown Hotel, Feather, Smailes and Scales, Rudding Park Hotel and Harrogate in Bloom.

But in order to make the project possible, further donations are needed by the beginning of February.

Cheques should be made payable to Harrogate in Bloom and sent to the group’s treasurer, Chris Beard, at 14 Woodlands Close, Harrogate, HG2 7AZ.