Camilla to visit Marlborough this morning

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is visiting Marlborough this morning to unveil a mural at the town hall created by local tile factory artists as memento of the Queen’s Diamond Jubileee Year.

The Duchess will unveil the mural at the town hall where it will have a permanent home and will act as a reminder to future generations of the celebrations in Marlborough for the Queen’s 60th anniversary.

The skilled artists at Marlborough Tiles have created the ten feet long mural painted on tiles, which shows the centre of the town with its historic buildings.

People from some of those buildings including the Merchant’s House and St Mary’s and St Peter’s Churches will be introduced to the Duchess during her hour long visit that starts at 11am.

Two St John’s students, Luke Callaghan and Josh Daniel, have been given the honour of acting as Mayor Edwina Fogg’s mace bearers for the event at which young musicians from the school will provide background music.

On arrival at the town hall the Duchess will be presented with a posy of flowers by ten-year-old Josephine Vergera from St Peter’s Junior School who will be accompanied by her head teacher Caroline Spindlow.

Inside the town hall the royal visitor will be introduced to Jamie Robb, managing director of Marlborough Tiles, which has donated the mural as its jubilee gift to the town, and he will be accompanied by the four artists who painted the individual tiles.

After being greeted at the town hall steps the Duchess will be taken by the Mayor to visit the cells in the building’s basement where local historian David Sherratt, who is also the mayor’s ceremonial officer, has recreated a scene from the early 20th century of prisoners with their jailer.

Then, treading in the footsteps of felons and villains from a century ago, the Duchess will go up the cells stairs and through a trapdoor into the town hall court room where she will unveil the mural.

She will be invited to meet representatives from local organisations including Action for the River Kennet and also representatives from Marlborough’s twin town in New Zealand before going out onto the apron in front the town hall where she will unveil the mural.

During her visit an oar used by boys from Marlborough in New Zealand who rowed a tradition whaling boat in the Thames Pageant that marked the Queen’s Jubilee will be presented to the mayor to go on permanent display in the town hall.

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