Celebrations to mark statue set to pull in crowds

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Large crowds are expected to fill Sudbury town centre to mark the centenary of the unveiling of Gainsborough’s statue.

A special recreation ceremony to commemorate 100 years since the national monument to artist Thomas Gainsborough was first revealed on Market Hill is to be staged on Monday.

Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise, performed the official ceremony in 1913, and an actress will fill her role for the re-enactment.

“Preparations seem to be going smoothly and it will be a grand occasion,” said Nick Winch, development officer at Gainsborough’s House.

A number of Gainsborough-themed guided walks will take place in the town throughout the day and souvenir programmes will be on sale.

Events begin at 10.30am and run through until 8pm. The statue unveiling is scheduled for 4.20pm and will be followed by a closely guarded surprise. Market Hill will be closed to traffic from 1pm.