05:03AM, Tuesday 01 May 2012
The long-awaited diamond jubilee sculpture will not be ready in time for the official celebrations.
The spiral sculpture of 60 spheres was designed by Windsor Girls' School pupil Caroline Basra (pictured) and is due to stand in King Edward Court.
But this week Andrew Melville, chairman of Windsor and Eton Society's Diamond Jubilee committee, admitted that it was unlikely to be unveiled before October - four months after the official jubilee week.
He said the committee decided to wait until the £50,000 needed was raised before the go-ahead was given for work to begin constructing the sculpture. The money is now in.
But Mr Melville was looking on the bright side after meeting the Queen in the Guildhall after her jubilee walkabout yesterday. He said: "I'm hoping she won't be as busy when the main celebrations are over and might be more likely to unveil the sculpture.
"I asked her at the Guildhall which was cheeky of me and of course I did not get an answer. But I hope I put the idea in her head."
Meanwhile hopes that Windsor's parish church clock in High Street can be repainted in gold leaf for the jubilee have faded. After successfully raising £50,000 to do vital repairs to the pinnacles, parapet and flagpole, church management group chairman David Shaw admitted it would be pushing things to try and raise more for the clock.
But he said: "If some wanted to volunteer to paint the door for us, or the railings it would be welcome - we would pay for the paint."
But rumours that the planned jubilee fountain on the Goswells might fall victim to the hosepipe ban have been quashed by the Royal Borough's head of leisure services Kevin Mist. The fountain 'goes live' on May 18 - after an agreement was reached with Thames Water.
Mr Mist said: "The fountain won't waste water. Once it is filled, the water will be recycled, only occasionally needing topping up."
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