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Gravesend cleans the Queen ahead of historic reopening

PUBLISHED: 13:02 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:09 30 November 2016

The statue of Queen Victoria in Gravesend Borough Market was commissioned in 1897

The statue of Queen Victoria in Gravesend Borough Market was commissioned in 1897

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The borough market reopens this weekend

The statue of Queen Victoria in Gravesend Borough Market was commissioned in 1897The statue of Queen Victoria in Gravesend Borough Market was commissioned in 1897

A royal mess received a clean up this week ahead of the reopening of Gravesend’s borough market.

The historic building is home to a 19th century statue of Queen Victoria.

Created in 1897, the figure of the iconic monarch was commissioned to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Now, almost 120 years on, it will continue to be part of the market’s history and heritage when it reopens on Saturday.

Ahead of the reopening, the statue underwent £20,000 clean-up works to remove a variety of different dirts, and return the statue to its former glory.

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