A special message from the Queen delighted proud Dedworth residents and business owners as their new sapphire jubilee clock was unveiled to honour her 65 years on the throne.

The beautiful metal clock stands in the middle of a newly landscaped area outside a parade of shops and businesses in Dedworth Road.

It was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire James Puxley and the Royal Borough's Mayor Cllr John Lenton and Mayoress Margaret Lenton.

Mr Puxley said: "Her Majesty's private secretary has told me she was very touched and thrilled to accept this clock and asked me to come here on her behalf."

Cllr Ed Wilson, who represents Clewer South on the Royal Borough, said that the project had begun two years ago when he realised that the Queen would soon have been on the throne 65 years, which is a sapphire anniversary.

He said: "She guides us and leads us and long may she continue."

The Royal Borough agreed to support the idea and the resulting clock cost £4,500.

Among those there to watch the unveiling was Tracey Sumner from the nearby Rowland Hawkes Motor Craft Centre, Mohammed Kanon who owns the Binoy Restaurant and Dedworth businessman Andy Muir who runs an accounting support business in Vale Road - all delighted by the newly landscaped area surrounding the clock.

Local residents William Waite and Roy Jackson from St Andrews Crescent also enjoyed a morning out, 'watching the clock' as it was unveiled.