Historic fountain gets a royal revamp
The 115-year-old fountain went up on Whitburn village green in 1897 for the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. Now the community wants to refurbish the ageing monument to its former glory in time for the Diamond Jubilee. But the project will cost about £3,000 and villagers are being asked to make donations to fund the work.
The scheme is being led by John Shield, a warden at Whitburn Parish Church, after an idea by fellow church warden, Lorraine Hood. Mr Shield, 64, of Front Street, Whitburn, said: “It seems like a wonderful idea to renovate something which was presented to the village for an historic royal event, in time for this year’s Diamond Jubilee.
“The fountain is looking sadly neglected, and a substantial facelift is necessary to bring it back to its former glory.”
A monumental mason has assessed the fountain, which originally supplied drinking water. Professional cleaning and repair work is needed, while the fountain’s metal spire needs to be replaced.
Mr Shield added: “We are hoping to have a Diamond Jubilee event on the village green where people can come along on Sunday, June 3, for the unveiling of the refurbished fountain.”
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