Secretary of State for Culture performs topping out ceremony for Watts Gallery

Posted by Admin on 1 May 2010, 3:25 p.m.

Jeremy Hunt MP performs topping out ceremony

Jeremy Hunt, newly appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Member of Parliament for South West Surrey, today visited Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey to complete the topping out ceremony as part of the restoration of this national Gallery in the heart of a village. This was the Member of Parliament's first Gallery visit since his appointment as Secretary of State.

Jeremy Hunt has been a long-term champion of Watts Gallery and has close links to the village of Compton, where his grandmother is buried, and his parents live close by. He is also a cousin of Wilfrid Blunt, a former Curator of Watts Gallery.

Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery commented: “We are honoured that Jeremy, who has been a close supporter of Watts Gallery at a national level has chosen to visit us at this momentous time as we reach the highest point of the building. G F Watts had a phrase ‘The Utmost for the Highest” which seems very appropriate as Jeremy has done his utmost to help Watts Gallery achieve its aims of restoring Watts Gallery for the community and for the nation."