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Three Marlborough sites nominated for Queen’s diamond jubilee challenge

Three local playing field sites in Marlborough are to be nominated by the town council for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge being held to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee next year.

The aim is to protect 2012 playing fields in communities across the country to secure recreational spaces for community events, some 20 sports fields in Wiltshire and Swindon being included in the project.

Prince William has agreed to be patron of the Challenge as a tribute to the Queen and to mark the London Olympics.

Marlborough’s Salisbury Road recreation ground, the Jubilee Field at Manton and the proposed railway walk from Marlborough to Swindon have been identified as the town’s candidates for the Challenge.

“The project has been conceived to stop people flogging off playing fields,” explained Marlborough’s mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson.

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