North Herts charities invited to win a piece of Jubilee history

CHARITIES and not-for-profit organisations in Comet country are being given the chance to win a piece of Jubilee history.

The carpet on which The Queen walked along when she arrived in Hitchin for her royal visit last month will be donated to a deserving local cause.

The burgundy and green carpet, from Wilson Carpets, has only been used on this one occasion when The Queen stepped out of her limousine in Market Place.

Cllr Tricia Cowley, NHDC’s portfolio holder for community engagement, said: “I’m sure many people have looked at their volunteer office, playroom or hall and thought the flooring could be a little more special. What could be more special than new carpet with just one very prestigious previous owner.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this unique opportunity for local, not for profit groups, to acquire a piece of history from Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour around the United Kingdom.”

There are three pieces of carpet - one large piece of green which measures 42.5m x 4m, and two burgundy pieces each measuring 9.75m x 4m.

If you are a not for profit group in North Herts, you can apply in writing, outlining in no more than 100 words what your organisation does, how much of the carpet you could ideally use and what it would mean to your members. Email your submission to

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The closing date for entries is July 16. Successful bidders will be informed after July 31, and will need to make their own arrangements to collect and fit the carpet.