New sculpture unveiled in Basildon town center to celebrate Platinum Jubilee

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A sculpture and commemorative plaque were unveiled in Basildon town center yesterday

A new permanent public art display has been unveiled in Basildon town center to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

The bronze relief of the Queen has been unveiled outside the Basildon Centre, designed by Basildon born and bred sculptor Aden Hynes.

The sculpture features a portrait of Her Majesty with words to illustrate her connection to the Queen and the Jubilee.

The sculpture and commemorative plaque were unveiled yesterday (May 30) by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Basildon Luke Mackenzie, senior councillors, MPs and residents.

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Andrew Baggott, leader of Basildon Council, said: “The bronze relief of HM The Queen will be a poignant tribute to mark the historic occasion of the Platinum Jubilee for years and years to come.

“Together with the Man Aspires artwork and the recently erected lenticular screen on the new cinema in East Square, this will add to the fantastic art of Basildon town center created by the people of Basildon.”

Mr Mackenzie, added: “Basildon has had a long-standing connection to the Royal Family since our town was born in 1948.

“We’ve had a lot of things over the years that have caught the attention of the Royal Family.

“I’m sure they would be delighted to see our new works of art proudly installed outside the Basildon Center – very close to the bell tower, which was itself opened by Her Majesty in 1999.

“I hope they would also be proud of our jubilant celebrations across the borough for this year’s Jubilee.”

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