Jubilee plinth installed at South Norfolk village

A new brick plinth has been installed at a South Norfolk green - 12 years after its village sign was first erected.

Two bricklaying students from City College Norwich built the structure for the Tivetshalls, near Diss, as part of the village's Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Pupils from Tivetshall Primary School got involved in the project by placing a time capsule filled with information and drawings relating to life in 2012 inside the plinth at the village green.

The sign was unveiled to mark the Millennium in 2000, but was moved six years later following the opening of a new village green.

The plinth was designed by college lecturer Adrian Amond and built by diploma students Rhys Smith and Josh Allsop, under the guidance of lecturer Justin Kirkwood and technicians Alan Twiddy and Arthur Self.

Eighteen-year-old Josh, from Mulbarton, said: 'This experience has really shown me what it will be like in the real world of work. It has been a very different project as we know that something we have built will be on display in the village permanently.'

The village sign, which was designed by Steve Eggleton of Banham, depicts a steam locomotive which travelled on the Waveney Line from Tivetshall Station Junction, and a giant oak tree.

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David Butler, a blacksmith, who lives in Tivetshall St Mary, renovated the top of the sign for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Paul Playford, former parish councillor, said: 'Thanks go to City College Norwich construction department who have given their expertise and time free to build the plinth around the sign. A magnificent job and all credit to the trainees and lecturers. Tivetshall School have placed in the plinth a time capsule of 2012 with various information and drawings, enabling who knows when, someone finding with information depicting the life of the Tivetshalls in 2012.'

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