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Weymouth Craftsman Finishes Jigsaw for Queen's Residence

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5:58pm 24th April 2013
(Updated 6:03pm 24th April 2013)

The Weymouth Craftsman who finished making his jigsaw for the Queen today (24th April 2013) has announced which charity will later benefit from the puzzle.

Dave Evans estimates his 19 X 8 foot, 40,000 piece wooden creation, which celebrates the Diamond Jubilee, has taken him 35 days to cut.

All of the cutting has been done in public, in Brewers Quay. All the pieces Dave has cut had to be separated afterwards and reassembled to comply with Guinness World Record rules; luckily he had his wife and some friends there to help!

His signature dolphin-shaped piece was the last piece to be placed into the completed puzzle.

The jigsaw will be dismantled again in May and then sent in boxes to be displayed in Sandringham. After a time it will later be auctioned off with all money going towards Help For Heroes.

Wessex FM went down to watch the last cut and asked Dave why he had chosen Help For Heroes as his charity, "I've hurt my thumb cutting, that's why it's bandaged. I was looking at their picture (one of their photos is in the puzzle) and I thought this is nothing compared to what they've been through. I don't want to benefit financially from this, I've been sponsored through it, I want all the money to go to them."

Dave's spokesperson, Jane Dean, read out an official response from the co-founders of the charity. She said, "Help for Heroes is delighted to accept such a unique and record breaking donation. To have our image on such an iconic puzzle is an absolute privilege, thank you to Dave Evans."

Dave Evans told us he thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, "It's great fun when an idea you've had for some time ends up coming to fruition and it goes from a scrap of paper to reality. Even I've never seen the finished jigsaw, no one has."

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