Thetford Town Council’s mural and plaque plans to enhance town
Thetford Town Council is hoping to paint a Dad’s Army mural and replace a troublesome clock in the town within the next few months.
After a public consultation in the town’s market square in 2018, where people asked for something to honour Captain Mainwaring’s men, the council has now applied for planning permission from Breckland Council to put up the outside mural on a wall at the town’s Carnegie Room.
It is hoped the artwork, which will be in the walkway between the market place and the riverside, will help elevate the link down to the river.
Artist Mark Harper, who created a poppy mural on the wall of the Shambles in the market square for the town’s Armistice Day commemorations last year, has been chosen to paint the hit BBC show’s characters and if the application is successful it is hoped the work will be completed by the end of the month.
The second of the town council’s plans is to replace the broken clock in King’s Street Square.
The clock was initially installed as part of a £600,000 scheme between Norfolk, Breckland and the town council to transform the square in 2012.
During its time on its tower, which connects St Giles Street and the square, it has been struck by operational issues, including three expensive repairs that have never fixed the problem.
On recommendation from the Thetford Society, a plaque will now replace the clock and it will represent St Giles’ Church, which was once on part of the site of the square.
An anonymous company is donating the plaque to the town council but it will cost them around £1,600 to remove the clock, all its workings and to install the plaque.
The bells on the tower will remain, linking the structure to the old church and the full works are set to be completed in late March or early April.