Wiltshire

Diamond Jubilee mosaic unveiled in Cricklade

Jubilee mosaic in Cricklade
Image caption The mosaic's design features the snake's head fritillary flower which grows in North Meadow in Cricklade

A mosaic to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Cricklade in Wiltshire.

The work of art in the town's Saxons Rest community garden features the snake's head fritillary flower which is common to the area.

About 80% of the UK's population of the flowers grow in the nearby ancient water meadow of North Meadow.

Cricklade Town Council chairman David Tetlow said it was a "lasting legacy" for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The mosaic, which is 12ft (3.7m) across, is made of coloured tiles and glass.

Also featured in the design is the town's crest and Saxon artwork which represents the town's historic past.

Mr Tetlow said the existing Jubilee Clock had been commissioned by locals to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

"We were keen to put something else in place that was going to be a lasting legacy that was at the heart of the community," he said.

The mosaic has cost about £8,000 and has been paid for with money left over from the budget for the community garden.

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