TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: March may celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a commemorative archway

Two designs have been put forward by a steering group and now these are being shown to the public to gauge reaction.

“It’s important the public tells us which design they prefer,” said town clerk Clive Lemmon. “A small group has been working on bringing forward a suitable scheme to celebrate the jubilee- now its decision time.”

Two moment designs have been put forward by Deltagold Ltd, the Fenland based company run by Chatteris town councillor Chris Howes. Cllr Howes recently helped March Town Council with repairs to Britannia at the town hall.

Budget estimates for each design range from between �25,000 to �35,000 and a donation of �1,000 towards the cost is already assured from Fenland District Council who is donating a similar amount to any town or parish council.

It is hoped the archway will be unveiled on Sunday June 3 next year, a few days before the launch of the March Summer Festival and as part of the Bank Holiday Jubilee festivities.

Financing of the project is expected from a combination of sponsorship, donations, fund raising, public subscriptions, precept and reserves.

Councillor Jan French chairs the diamond jubilee committee which comprises the Mayor, Councillor Bernard Keane, and Councillors Rob Skoulding and Andrew Pugh. The town clerk is also on the committee together with Cambs Times Editor John Elworthy.

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To help decide which design should be taken forward please email your preference ( colour or black and white) to

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