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More details revealed about Queen's visit to Newmarket

The Queen is visiting Newmarket in Suffolk on Thursday 3 November 2016. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Queen is to unveil a statue of herself with thoroughbred horses and open a horse racing heritage centre when she visits Newmarket in Suffolk this week.

The Queen is in the home of horse racing on Thursday 3 November.

The local council want to welcome crowds to the town to mark the visit which is linked with the Queen's 90th Birthday.

The Queen was greeted by crowds of schoolchildren on her last visit to Newmarket in 2011. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and Newmarket Town Council wishes for everyone to be involved and come to welcome The Queen for what will be a great occasion for Newmarket and Suffolk."

– Newmarket Town Council

The Queen will arrive at Birdcage Walk in Newmarket at 11am to unveil The Queen's Statue which celebrates Her Majesty's special relationship with Newmarket.

The thoroughbred horse statue will be unveiled by the Queen. She will then make her way down Newmarket High Street to The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House.

The last time the Queen was in Newmarket was in 2011.

Queen Elizabeth meets former Jockey Jerry Blum, 87, in Newmarket in 2011. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Mayor of Newmarket Cllr Andy Drummond said the royal visit was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for the town and hoped residents would turn out in force to greet the Queen and cheer her through the streets.

“Newmarket will be representing Suffolk and we want everyone to be part of this very special day for our town and make it one that we will all remember for many years to come,” he said.

– Cllr Andy Drummond, Newmarket Mayor
The Queen is to unveil a statue of herself with thoroughbred horses and open a horse racing heritage centre when she visits Newmarket. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
  • The High Street will be closed between 10.30am and 11.30am from The Avenue to the Clock Tower Roundabout with appropriate diversions in place.
  • The Rous Road Car park is closed to the public. There is free public parking available on the Severals and at Tattersalls.
  • The Newmarket Town Band will be entertaining the public and invited guests from 10.30am on Birdcage Walk and the Royal Hospital School Band will be playing by the Bill Tutte Memorial from 10.30am to build up an atmosphere in the High Street.
  • From 10.30am two drays of Suffolk Punches will parade down the High Street ahead of The Queen’s convoy. There will be Union Jack flags handed out by army and sea cadets.
  • The Memorial Hall will be open for refreshments.

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