Memorial archway rivals: you can still choose

PEOPLE in March still have chance to make a diamond decision on how the town will mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

A steering committee set up by the town council to discuss commemorating the Diamond Jubilee came up with a memorial archway on the Town Hall side of the Market Place.

Two designs have been drawn up - Chatteris Chris Howes is behind one and the other has been created by Chatteris-based artist Adrian Veater.

Mr Howes, who specialises in iron work and undertook restoration of Britannia on top of March Town Hall after it was damaged in a storm, has come up with a traditional design that mimics the dome of the March Fountain’s canopy.

The Fountain was put up thanks to public subscription to mark the coronation of George V in 1911 and Mr Howes thought it was appropriate to pay homage to that in his design.

Mr Veater’s design is fluid and modern and some could argue it is more suited to the 21st century.

The designs will cost between £25,000 and £35,000, which will have to be raised by donations, subscription and grants.

The public is being asked to choose which of the two designs they would like to see built.

Voting is simple. Either email your choice of design to marchtowncouncil@btconnect.com stipulating traditional or modern or write to March Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, March.