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Statue seen as fitting tribute to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

18/12/12

Aberdeen City Council's Diamond Jubilee Working Group has agreed that a statue of Her Majesty and a travel scholarship for young people to visit Commonwealth countries would be fitting tributes to mark the Diamond Jubilee and the Queen's reign.

Her Majesty during her visit to Marischal College.l At its meeting today [Tuesday 18 December] the working group instructed officers to outline proposals for the statue and the travel scheme subject to funding which could include match funding from the Scottish or Westminster Government and/or private business, in a report to get approval in principal for the project from the Council's Finance & Resources Committee when it meets in February [2013].

The proposals for the statue and the travel scheme would only go ahead subject to finances being identified which could include match funding from the Scottish or Westminster Government and/or private business.

The Diamond Jubilee Working Group was established following a motion to Full Council by Councillor Martin Greig:

"That this Council produces a report with recommendations for identifying any possible financial sources and fundraising opportunities in order to create a permanent commemoration in the city of the Diamond Jubilee and of the Queen's reign."

Chair of the Diamond Jubilee Working Group Deputy Provost Councillor John Reynolds said:"The Working Group agreed that if funding is identified a statue and a travel scheme for young people to visit Commonwealth nations would be excellent ways to commemorate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

"It is early days but we are determined to look at all the options so we can make these proposals realities."

The Queen Victoria statue at Queen's Cross was erected in 1897 in commemoration of her Diamond Jubilee.