4:35pm Wednesday 24th April 2013
THE final piece of a jigsaw puzzle that creators hope will smash the world record has been put in place.
Craftsman Dave Evans placed the final, dolphin-shaped piece in his Diamond Jubilee puzzle this afternoon in the atrium of Brewers Quay in Weymouth to cheers from friends and well-wishers.
The puzzle is made up of more than 40,000 pieces.
Mr Evans said he felt 'over the moon' to have finished the puzzle, which was sponsored by Axminster Tool Centre.
It will now be transported to Sandringham Estate in Norfolk where the jigsaw will be reconstructed in the Queen's ballroom.
After being put on display, the puzzle will be auctioned off to raise money for charity Help for Heroes.
Mr Evans said: "I had a few injuries during the time I was making this, my hands were aching and I cut my thumb.
"And then I realised that these are injuries which will heal, and there are a lot of people less fortunate, so I decided to donate it to raise money for those who really need help."
The puzzle, which is made up of 33 images celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, features a picture of six athletes who took part in the Paralympic Games last year.
Co-founders of Help for Heroes Bryn and Emma Parry said: "We are delighted to accept such a unique and record-breaking donation.
"To have our image on such an iconic puzzle is an absolute privilege so we would like to thank Dave for such a wonderful gift."
The team are now waiting for Guinness World Records to process the documentary shot during the creation of the puzzle before the record for the largest hand-cut puzzle is formally announced. This is expected to take several weeks.
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