The words from the famous nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have been immortalised in Colchester High Street, thanks to the outstanding work of our skilled stonemasons.

Colchester High Steward Sir Bob Russell led the campaign to create a bronze statue of poets Jane and Ann Taylor, designed and brought to life by sculptor Mandy Pratt. The sisters lived in West Stockwell Street in Colchester’s Dutch Quarter from 1976 to 1810 and the verse, then called ‘The Star’, was written by Jane in 1806.

The first verse of the poem became the lyrics for the world-famous lullaby which can now be read, engraved and inlaid with stainless steel, on the granite slabs next to the statue on Colchester High Street.

Our Operations Director Saul Hunnaball and Memorial Manager Jennie Hunnaball were among the crowds who attended the official unveiling of the statue at which children from North Primary School in Colchester sang the famous nursery rhyme.

Jennie said: “Our highly skilled stonemasons from our Memorial team are used to creating stunning and enduring memorials. They have engraved the impressive granite slab so the words of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star can be read by all who visit Colchester.

“It looks absolutely stunning and we are so glad to have been part of this fantastic project which makes such a wonderful addition to Colchester High Street.

“Stonemasonry is such a beautiful art form and only those with outstanding skills could achieve such a precise and magnificent finish. We are very proud of the result.”

You can find out more about the project, and the statue itself, featured here on the Gazette website.

Click here for more information about our Memorial team’s work, and our range of elegant and distinctive memorials; please do get in touch with our friendly and compassionate team members in your local Hunnaball branch with any questions.