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A sculpture or water feature could be installed in New Milton to mark the Queen's platinum jubilee

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A SCULPTURE or water feature were among suggestions by New Milton councillors of ways the town could mark the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee.

The idea of a permanent fixture as part of the town’s commemorations of next year’s 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne was raised at a recent meeting of the amenities committee by its chair, Cllr Geoff Blunden.

His initial proposal was that a small tower clock be added to the roof of the football club changing room building at Fawcett's Field, off Christchurch Road.

New Milton town councillors want a permanent memento of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee
New Milton town councillors want a permanent memento of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee

But members argued something was needed in a more central location so more people could see and recognise it as a commemoration.

However, it was pointed out there are already two clocks in Station Road – the New Milton centenary clock at the northern end and the memorial clock at the southern end. There is also a clock tower on the public toilet block in Old Milton Road.

Cllr Valya Schooling was keen to see an installation like a sculpture or water feature put in place in the privately-owned Mallard Court, near Morrisons.

“I’ve always wanted to do something with Mallard Court. We can always negotiate with the owner,” she said.

Barton clifftop was cited by Cllr Helen Wallis-Dowling as an ideal site for a jubilee tribute as, she pointed out, it is a busy place that attracts many tourists.

Cllrs Blunden, Steve Davies and Robert Murrow all supported the Old Milton Green area as a potential location as it is a major New Milton thoroughfare.

Members agreed they should further discuss the type of tribute and where it could be installed.

Last night (Thursday) it was revealed the Queen spent the night in hospital.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits."

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