Cast iron memorial for Diamond jubilee

Official handover of the jubilee railings from March Town council at Elwyn Road.'left to right John Clark, Trevor Quince, Clive Lemmon, Bernard Keane, Peter Vale and Jan French
Official handover of the jubilee railings from March Town council at Elwyn Road.'left to right John Clark, Trevor Quince, Clive Lemmon, Bernard Keane, Peter Vale and Jan French

MARCH now has a permanent reminder of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee after new railings along the town’s river front were unveiled this week.

The railings, which have been installed along Elwyn Road, were officially unveiled by Mayor Jan French on Tuesday with members of the town council and also county councillor John Clark watching on.

There was much debate in the town on how March should mark the Queen’s landmark anniversary with residents being asked for suggestions.

An original idea for a commemorative arch on the Market Place had to be scrapped after people were angered at the lack of consultation.

However, the railings which have special plaques along them highlighting the jubilee, were finally chosen as the best and most practical idea.

Town Clerk Clive Lemmon explained there had long been a need for railings along that stretch of the river as there had previously only been a wire separating the road from the bank.

The new railings have been specially created at a cost of £22,000, funded partly by the town council and partly by Fenland District Council.

It is hoped they will be an asset and long term reminder of the Queen’s 60th year on the throne for many years to come.