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Statue commissioned to mark Queen's 90th birthday

This image shows where the statue would be built in Gravesend Credit: ITV Meridian

The town of Gravesend has commissioned a statue of the Queen to mark her 90th birthday.

It will be cast in bronze and show Her majesty seated.

Work will begin to raise the two hundred thousand pounds needed for the project.

The statue will be made by Douglas Jennings who also created the town's statue of wartime pilot Mahinder Singh Pujji.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr John Cubitt, Leader of Gravesham Council.

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Queen of Denmark unveils new statue in Canterbury

The Queen of Denmark has unveiled a bronze statue in recognition of the Royal East Kent Regiment. Queen Margrethe was the guest of honour at the ceremony in the grounds of Canterburry Cathedral. The sculpture is a lasting tribute to The Buffs, which was one of the oldest regiments of the British Army. British and Danish veterans were among those taking part in today's event.

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VIDEO: The Queen meets Battle of Britain pilots

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Southampton Uni staff recognised in Honours

Two members of staff from the University of Southampton have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology, has been awarded an OBE for services to medical research, and Colin Miles, a Facilities Manager within Physical Sciences and Engineering, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to higher education.

Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology Credit: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Professor Cooper's key research contributions have been the discovery of the developmental influences that contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly, as immediate preventative strategies against hip fracture.

Professor Cooper comments: “I’m surprised and delighted to be recognised with this very special honour. I am fortunate to have been involved in working on the causes and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, a major cause of ill health and disability. Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with outstanding colleagues in both academia and the clinical setting, who are very much part of this achievement."

The University's Vice-Chancellor has praised Colin as an outstanding University manager Credit: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Colin Miles has devoted over 35 years to the University of Southampton as Facilities Manager within Physics and Astronomy at the University.

He provides technical support for teaching and research requirements in the University’s state-of-the-art research labs, and manages technical staff across various disciplines, such as mechanical and electronic workshops, teaching labs, procurement and research group technicians.

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MBE awarded to South West residents in New Year list

Mrs Margaret Carol Ann HANNIBAL - Poole, Dorset, 63 yrs old Director of Operations, MOSAIC. For services to Bereaved Children and their Families in Dorset

She is the founder and manager of MOSAIC, a charity providing support to bereaved children and their families across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. She previously worked as an administrator in a hospice for people suffering from cancer, which inspired her to set up MOSAIC.

Hector COLE - Chippenham, Wiltshire, 75 yrs old Master Arrowsmith. For services to Heritage Crafts.

He is the foremost arrowsmith in the UK and is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on medieval blade-smithing and arrow smithing. During his childhood he spent time with the village blacksmith, learning the basic skills of forging and fire management in the small Lincolnshire village where he grew up.

Dorset residents recognised by Queen in honours list

Among those honoured in today's New Year's Honours list are plenty of people who have contributed to life throughout Dorset.

Isabel de Pelet, founded the Guggleton Farm Acts Project in Stalbridge and has been given a BEM for her services to artists in Dorset.

Hugh Fogarty, from Poole, was been given a MBE for his work with the Royal Lifeboat Institution.

Sue Kirkham, from Lymington, has been given an MBE for services to education.

Dr Simon Fraser, from Poole, has been awarded a Knights Bachelor for his services to chemistry and innovative research.

Colin William George Weston, from Dorchester, has been given an MBE for his services to the police and Magistracy in Dorset.

Helen Knights, from Poole, has been awarded an MBE for his services to Dorset Home Start and to the community.

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