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At the races: Statue of The Queen could be installed at Newmarket next year

To coincide with her 90th birthday in April 2016, a statue of Her Majesty The Queen could be installed at the entrance to Newmarket. The proposal of installing a statue would also coincide with the opening of the new National Horseracing Museum, due to open early next year also at the Newmarket site.

Mayor of Newmarket, Councillor Rachel Hood, spoke of the proposed plans, “The museum is proposed to be open around the beginning of next year and April is Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. As part of that we hope that in recognition of The Queen’s special relationship with Newmarket through the horseracing industry that there could be a statue which the town council is discussing.”

Newmarket is also the home of the famous Newmarket Racecourse.

Newmarket Racecourse is a British Thoroughbred horseracing venue in the town of Newmarket in Suffolk. Newmarket is often referred to as the headquarters of British horseracing and is also home to the largest cluster of training yards in the country. Newmarket hosts two of the country’s Classic Races- the 1000 Guineas and the 2000 Guineas.

Plans regarding the statue were discussed in a private section of a full council meeting last month. Minutes from that meeting have recently been released, “The town mayor asked members to consider a proposal from a community group to install a statue of The Queen to be placed at the entrance to the town  to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday and to coincide with the opening of the museum next spring.”

Councillor Hood concluded, “I really welcome the whole community working together to come up with ways to restore Newmarket to its former vibrancy and I think its very good when people come together to come up with these ideas. Everyone recognises the positive influence that the community can bring to the town so we would welcome their input.”

Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. Just months before her milestone birthday, Her Majesty will also be celebrating as she becomes this country’s longest reigning monarch, that special day occurs on September 9th 2015.

Featured Photo Credit: Royal Photography by Paul Ratcliffe

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