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New busts of Queen for Lancashire
4:30pm Saturday 4th August 2012 in News
A NEW bust of The Queen has been commissioned to celebrate her special connection with the county.
The original will take pride of place in County Hall at Preston - and there will be replicas in Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Ribble Valley and Pendle, and the remaining county districts.
Preston-based Peter Hodgkinson has been comissioned by the county council for the prestige assigment.
His previous works include a statue of LS Lowry in Salford, Sir Tom Finney’s likeness outside Preston’s Deepdale ground and the Stan Mortensen figure at Blackpool FC.
County council leader Coun Geoff Driver said: “The Diamond Jubilee is a historic national event and we felt it is absolutely right to mark this occasion.
“The Queen also holds the title of Duke of Lancaster, which gives it an added prominence for the county.
“Peter is an experienced Lancashire artist and we were really impressed with his previous work. We felt that it was important to provide a permanent commemoration of Her Majesty's 60 years of service to the country.”
An unveiling of the portrait bust is expected to be take place before Christmas, hopefully in time for Lancashire Day on November 27.
Jubilee woodlands have already been established in Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale, as part of East Lancashire’s royal commemorations, with hundreds of thousands of new trees planted.
Several playing fields have also been designated Queen Elizabeth II playing fields and earned special protection this year.
These include part of Witton Park in Blackburn, White Ash in Oswaldtwistle, Highams in Accrington, Hapton Recreation Ground, Newchurch in Pendle, Reedley Sport Ground and Clitheroe Castle’s grounds.
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