In honour of the Diamond Jubilee, Signs Express Nottingham was asked to create a commemorative plaque that represented Portland College’s history of Royal patronage with their mission of empowerment and opportunity. The resulting plaque was unveiled on the June 29th 2012 to an audience which included Sir John Pearce, High Sheriff of Nottingham and Dr Mark Dale, Principal and CEO of Portland College.
Portland College, a special needs and rehabilitation college for amputees, has enjoyed patronage from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II since it was founded. The original commemorative stone was laid by the then Princess Elizabeth Duchess of Edinburgh in 1949, since which time the college has become one of the country’s most respected centres for maximising the ability and minimising limitations placed on disabled students.
The challenge for Signs Express Nottingham was creating a plaque which signified the long lasting patron relationship, whilst still embodying the future goals of the college.
Jane Bailey, co-owner of Signs Express Nottingham was proud of their contribution:
“It was an interesting and challenging project, to come up with an aesthetic that would blend with the existing commemorative plaque that was laid by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 2002 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the patron Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.
The plaque was publically unveiled on 29th June 2012 to a range of notables including local councillors, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Portland College governors.