The Diamond Jubilee Sculpture
To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, the Bexleyheath Business Partnership commissioned a special Diamond Jubilee Sculpture. The project aim was to create a sculptured bust of Her Majesty, which was installed in the Bexleyheath Clock Tower as a lasting tribute for all to see. The Bexleyheath Business Partnership, the Council and the News Shopper fronted an appeal to raise funds for the Queen’s bust sculpture. The campaign to raise the funds was officially launched during the Diamond Jubilee event in June 2012 and was meant for all local people, schools, community groups and businesses who wanted to participate and demonstrate their loyalty and affection for the Queen. The campaign run from June until the 31st of December 2012 and the official patron of the fundraising project was Bexley’s representative Deputy Lieutenant, Major Hewer, OBE, TD, DL.
The Bexleyheath Business Partnership would like to acknowledge the generosity of all people and community or business entities in raising the funds, in particular Upland Primary School, Townley Grammar School, Christ Church C of E Primary School, St. Columbus R. C. School, Bexley Civic Society, Broadway Shopping Centre, Capita and EDF Energy, who each raised in excess of £1,000. The total amount raised was £14,000.
The sculpture was created by Frances Segelman who was granted three one-hour private sittings with The Queen.
The Diamond Jubilee Sculpture was unveiled in June 2013 to coincide with the anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne.