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Wow factor of Queen Street gates to be unveiled

Wednesday, 7th July 2010.

The iconic new gates for Queen Street will be launched next week, and everyone is welcome to come and join in the celebration.

Two pairs of gates, conceived, designed and in part made by young people from Haverhill’s schools, will stand in Queen Street, the smaller pair at the Market Square end and the larger pair forming a new gateway to the town at the Lower Downs Slade end.

At the launch, on Friday, July 16, at 1.30pm, the young people will put the finishing touches to the gates, aided by the town's MP Matthew Hancock and Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which has funded the project.

Mr Hancock said: “In my short time as MP for West Suffolk, I know what a go-ahead place Haverhill is. This is a town on the up with increasing confidence and a strengthening sense of identity so I am really looking forward to seeing these gates."

Cllr Karen Richardson, chair of Public Art for the Town Centre of Haverhill (PATCH), the working party that oversaw the project, said:
“We want to share the wow factor so we are keeping the gates under wraps until the launch.

"We hope lots of people will be able to come to the unveiling. I am so proud of what the young people involved in this project have achieved.

"They have given the town something quite unique and utterly specific. And I would also like to pay tribute to the tremendous support they have received from suppliers, the community, town centre businesses and many others.”

Neil Williams, head of art and design at Samuel Ward College for Arts and Technology, who oversaw the project, said: “The students have had rare hands-on experience of a major commission from concept to installation. The results deserve wide recognition, for both the quality and the technical challenge of the design.”

Will Howe, (16), a year ten student at Samuel Ward who worked on the project, said: “We knew we didn’t want it to be an old-fashioned design, we wanted it to be about Haverhill today.

"We are all aged between 13 and 18 and we combined all our ideas and came up with the design. We are really pleased with how the gates work and we really want to see them completed”.

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