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Whether you want to praise a friend that’s worked for Marshall for decades, tell us about a family member that’s made an impact on the surrounding communities, or simply shine a spotlight on someone special living in Cambridge, we want to hear from you! Or indeed tell us about your own connection to our wonderful city.

We’ll be reviewing all your stories and selecting some to publish here, plus where possible we will look to use some as inspiration for the building and street names at Marleigh. So if you nominate someone you could literally be putting them on the map! So get involved by submitting your entry below, and join the conversation on our social media channels using #ofCambridgeStories.

Matthew Lane Sanderson, Big Art Sculptor

“I grew up in Horningsea, which is north of the new neighbourhood and on the edge of Fen Ditton. When I was about the age of 10 I remember cycling to Fen Ditton down the river with friends into the neighbouring village. We used to access the fens from this area and there was so much wildlife, it was incredible. I used to row and sail up the river. When I got older I had a studio in Horningsea and also spent the summer time helping a local farmer with the harvest. I used to drive the tractor on the fields nearby the new neighbourhood so I know the land not just from the road but from the field and the farming point of view. I got a grant from the David Irwin Arts Trust and the trustees at Bottisham Village College, awarded annual to local people doing creative things. I was commissioned by the school for a public art project and the artwork and graphic of the sculpture; a world tree – a Norse legend, a myth, where the branches and the roots are equal in balance, is now embroidered on the school sweatshirts and all the school’s graphics. The art I create is sci art, I interpret art in a scientific way. My grandfather, Leslie Lane Sanderson, was an instrument maker and worked for Cambridge Instrument Company. He worked there over WWII making fine instruments and measuring electricity and light – he was never credited as an investor but he got involved in all sorts of stuff, I only knew him until the age of 9. But he inspired my engineering. Uncle was also a royal engineer and that carried through.”