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Constantine's Diamond Jubilee Stone unveiled after months of preparation

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

By Craig Blackburn

  • Villagers with the new jubilee memorial.

  • Constantine. Diamond Jubilee Memorial to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled. Peter Tatham who was a big influence in securing the new Memorial. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131123A-004_C

  • Constantine. Diamond Jubilee Memorial to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled. Chairman of Constantine Parish Council Paul Carter and Cornwall Councillor for Constantine Neil Hatton with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award mounted on the Memorial. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131123A-003_C

  • Constantine. Diamond Jubilee Memorial to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled. James Agnew, Tracy Clowes and Father Stuart Turner with the Memorial. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131123A-001_C

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CONSTANTINE'S diamond jubilee stone was finally unveiled on Saturday after months of planning.

The eight-tonne piece of granite, known as The Pebble, appeared in the village centre next to the bus stop earlier this year. Since then, the feature has undergone a lengthy transformation.

James Agnew, chairman of the Diamond Jubilee Organising Group, opened the ceremony by giving thanks to all the people who volunteered to make the project possible.

Mr Agnew said: "Before unveiling the stone, Tracey Clowes, the recent curator of Constantine Heritage Centre, traced the fascinating history of Constantine granite, from our ancient fogou, via many important local and national buildings and structures, to the closure of Bosahan Quarry in 1993."

A fogou is an underground, dry-stone structure found on Iron Age or Romano-British defended settlement sites in Cornwall.

"The new diamond jubilee stone incorporates a parish map – which will be the starting point for the planned Granite Trail – plus the certificate of Her Majesty the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, which was presented to the Constantine Enterprise Company in 2011," added Mr Agnew.

The ceremony concluded with a blessing from the Reverend Stewart Turner.

The stone was made possible through the support of: Constantine Diamond Jubilee committee members, Constantine Parish Council, Cornwall councillor community grants, Constantine Enterprises Company (Calor Villages Award), Tim Marsh from Trenoweth Quarry, John Olds from Bosahan Quarry, David Paton, 20/20 Design, Helen Pascoe, Gavin Saunders, Rhiannon Mann of The Waymarker, Kevin White, James Agnew and Peter Tatham.

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