Petworth Jubilee commemoration brings town’s history to life

QE2 Memorial team (L-R) Chris Fynes memorial artist, Lord Egremont and Cllr.Juliet Fynes organiser and responcable for text for Memorial in front of the newly unveiled memorial, Market square, Petworth.
QE2 Memorial team (L-R) Chris Fynes memorial artist, Lord Egremont and Cllr.Juliet Fynes organiser and responcable for text for Memorial in front of the newly unveiled memorial, Market square, Petworth.

PETWORTH’S commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled by Lord Egremont.

Organised by town councillor Juliet Fynes it is a striking black and gold bordered tourist information board mounted on a matching black and gold finger post. The board provides a history of some of the old buildings of the town centre.

The artwork was drawn by Juliet’s husband, retired graphic artist Chris Fynes and her son Nathan also helped with the design and layout.

The £2,000 funding was provided by the town council.

Although it commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne in February 1952, the memorial was unveiled exactly 60 years after her coronation on June 2, 1953.

“I wanted us to have a commemoration of the jubilee which I though was important,” said Juliet, “but Petworth was a very important place in its time and has an interesting history. We have no tourist centre and very little information and I hope this board will provide some history of the old buildings such as Petworth House, the churches and the House of Correction.”