The water fountain that was taken away on the back of a lorry in February is now back in place on the promenade at the bottom of Hoyle Road.
You’ll notice it’s no longer black and yellow and more importantly you’ll notice that the actual centre stand and water dish have not (yet) been replaced. I’ve no idea if there’s more to come? The water dish and stand were separate items to the main stand so perhaps they’re still being renovated.
Although you can’t tell, I know that beneath the concrete base there’s a water pipe with a stop-end on it. I spotted the end of the pipe lying there before the base was replaced …I’ve got a photo too somewhere. So even if the water dish is to be replaced I can’t imagine the fountain will actually be working.
Personally, I like the colour scheme – I wonder if it’s how it was originally painted?
There’s a couple of bits missing in the top too – Queen Victoria isn’t there on all four sides. Eagle eyed viewers of the real thing might notice something about the gargoyle dragons (or whatever they are) – three have open mouths whilst one has his/hers firmly shut.
Notice the rusty water stain – it’s only been a week!