Jubilee plaque is final touch for namesake square

Published on 24 June 2015

THE final touch has been given to Leicester’s Jubilee Square.

A commemorative plaque, unveiled by the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee visit to Leicester in 2012, has now found its permanent home in the new square.

The plaque was transferred from Leicester’s Town Hall, where it has been on public display since the royal visit, this morning. Local stonemasons W. W. Busby and Sons carried out the delicate job of fixing it to its new display plinth opposite the Guildhall Lane entrance to Jubilee Square.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The fitting of this commemorative plaque really is the final touch for Jubilee Square.

“The eyes of the world were on Leicester when our city was chosen as the first stop on Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee tour.

“With the discovery of the remains of King Richard III later the same year and the reinterment last month, Leicester has been very much in the spotlight ever since.

“Jubilee Square represented a big step towards reconnecting Leicester with its heritage and the many historical assets that already surrounded it.

“With the king’s final resting place and the site of his discovery just a few dozen steps away, the new square has taken on even greater significance as a gateway between the city’s modern retail heart and its rich heritage.

“The plaque will serve as a reminder of the Royal visit and another memorable chapter in the city’s history.”

The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty during the final stage of her tour of Leicester with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Philip. Thousands of onlookers gathered at the Clock Tower for the occasion.

The Westmoreland slate plaque was made by J Stamp and Sons of Market Harborough.

The £4milllion Jubilee Square project was part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund.

It was a key project in the first phase of the Connecting Leicester project which recently won the infrastructure prize and the regeneration award at the annual architecture awards held by RICS East Midlands.

The project will join other regional category winners – including the council-led development of The King Richard III Visitor Centre and refurbishment of City Hall – to be considered for a national prize at the RICS Awards Grand Final at the Dorchester Hotel in London in October.