Today's Big Picture shows part of the Weymouth celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, with crowds flocking round the King's Statue.

The King's Statue is now 211 years old and is part and parcel of Weymouth seafront.

As a tribute to a much-loved monarch, a meeting point, traffic island, bus terminal and victim of many a high-spirited prank, the effigy has stood the test of time and is held in great affection by local people.

The three-plinth statue is topped by King George in his robes of state, flanked on each side by a unicorn – whose horn has gone missing more than once over the years – and a golden lion.

In the early 20th century the statue became a place where people gathered for public ceremonies or to celebrate a coronation or the end of a war.

The end of the First World War was announced to Weymouth’s people there and people gathered there for the proclamation of Elizabeth II in 1952.

When it became a traffic island in the late 1960s, its role as a central gathering place was lost.