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Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Decorated benches will bring royal colour to Bishop's Stortford town centre



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Public benches in Bishop's Stortford town centre are to be decorated to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Art group The Goldbrush, which was founded at the start of the Covid pandemic by three Italian air crew who live in Stortford, has been commissioned by the town council to paint the seats that line South Street in a variety of designs.

The artists have been given the council's final seal of approval and co-founder Carlo Simula has given the Indie a sneak preview of the designs.

Portraits of the Queen (55938216)
Portraits of the Queen (55938216)

Work on decorating the seats will begin in May so that they are ready for the jubilee bank holiday weekend of June 2-5.

"My main concern is to raise awareness to try to avoid vandalism, for people to take care of them," said Carlo.

There are seven different designs, with two – one showing Union flags and one of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy featuring the flags of all 54 Commonwealth nations – being duplicated to make nine in total.

Buckingham Palace (55938213)
Buckingham Palace (55938213)

Other designs feature Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle, the Tower of London and Crown Jewels, and one showing six silhouettes of Her Majesty in a variety of different-coloured outfits.

The artists, including Carlo's colleagues Margherita Schiavone and Valentina Lupi, will print their designs on vinyl which produces a paint effect, is suitable for outdoor use, waterproof and safe for people to sit on.

The artwork will be temporary and be removed after four months.

A bench in Jackson Square is also included while the Hailey Centre in Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth, will have a jubilee mural.

Balmoral Castle (55938222)
Balmoral Castle (55938222)
Windsor Castle (55938225)
Windsor Castle (55938225)
The Crown Jewels and the Tower of London (55938219)
The Crown Jewels and the Tower of London (55938219)
The Commonwealth Canopy design (55938210)
The Commonwealth Canopy design (55938210)
The Union flags (55938228)
The Union flags (55938228)


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