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MEMBERS of the public are being asked to contribute towards the cost of a large bronze sculpture for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The roundel – a disk sculpture displaying a raised image – will be six feet wide and feature the Queen’s portrait wearing a necklace and diamond tiara.

It was commissioned by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, and will be displayed to the public in the Great Hall, Winchester.

Hampshire County Council stumped up half of the £50,000 needed to create the piece, and will manage its installation in the Great Hall, but is asking the public to contribute donations toward the project.

Leader of the county council, Cllr Ken Thornber, said: ‘It will be a great privilege to be able to display this feature in our Great Hall for future generations to enjoy.’

Anyone who wishes to contribute can send cheques payable to ‘Hampshire County Council (Jubilee Bronze)’ to: The Hampshire Lieutenancy Office, Serle’s House, Gar Street, Winchester, Hampshire, S023 8G.