03:35AM, Friday 30 December 2011
The campaign to fund a diamond anniversary tribute to the Queen is over halfway to reaching its target.
More than £30,000 has been pledged towards the £50,000 needed to make schoolgirl Caroline Basra's design of a spiral sculpture of 60 spheres a reality. It will stand outside Waitrose at King Edward Court, Windsor.
A scale model of the sculpture has already been prepared by the engineering company Craufurds on the Slough Trading Estate.
It is hoped work can start on the real thing at the end of January.
Organising the fund raising is a partnership made up of people from Windsor and Eon Society, the town's two Rotary clubs, the Royal Borough and the town centre partnership.
Committee member Judith Diment, who is a past president of Windsor St George Rotary Club, said: "We have got as far as we have by making a lot of grant applications and a lot of approaches to big companies."
The website on www.diamond-jubilee.org.uk has also been a success.
Judith said: "People can make a donation on it and leave a message for the Queen with their photo if they like, all of which will be included in a special book that will be prepared and presented to the Queen at the end of it.
"We are determined to make it happen. It means such a lot that a schoolgirl from the town has designed this, it offers real inspiration to young people."
Although the main jubilee events are being held in the spring and summer, it is easily forgotten that the Queen actually acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952.
The anniversary is being commemorated in Windsor on Sunday, February 5 with afternoon tea, scones and cakes at the MacDonald Windsor hotel opposite the the castle, followed by an auction of promises conducted by the mayor Cllr Asghar Majeed. Tickets for the tea are £10 each with money raised by the auction going to the church roof appeal. Contact david.a.shaw@blueyonder or firstname.lastname@example.org
A service in the parish church will follow at 5pm.
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