Windsor statue will honour Irish Guards

The unfinished Irish Guards statue in June 2010
Image caption The statue, shown here in clay, is the work of a former paratrooper

A new statue is to be unveiled in Windsor to honour the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

The 6ft (1.8m) bronze figure will stand on a plinth at the junction of Park Street and Sheet Street where it will rise 15ft (4.5m) from the pavement.

The figure, commissioned by the Irish Guards and sculpted by a former paratrooper, has been cast in bronze salvaged from the Iraq war.

The plinth will be surrounded by cobbles from Afghanistan.

Sculptor Mark Jackson had been a paratrooper when his career was cut short by a serious accident. The former soldier went on to study art in Florence, Italy.

The statue is due to be unveiled on Friday 24 June, the day before a planned Armed Forces Day military parade by the Irish Guards.

A number of road closures will be in place in the Berkshire town on both days.

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