Historic fountain bursts into life

The fountain in Ward Jackson Park in operation
The fountain in Ward Jackson Park in operation

A HISTORIC park fountain will burst back into life after years of being out of order this weekend thanks to the efforts of residents and a generous businesses.

The feature in Hartlepool’s Ward Jackson Park will be unveiled by town gold medal-winning boxer Amanda Coulson during a family fun day on Easter Sunday at 2pm.

The fountain has been restored to its former glory by The Park Residents’ Association after a grant of almost £19,000 from Hartlepool waste management firm Niramax.

Residents’ association chairman Fran Johnson said: “The funding for this project was crucial in order to provide a lasting solution to the restoration we have been delighted by the response from Niramax who came to our aid with an award of £18,965, distributed through Mondegreen Environmental Body, and kindly supported this venture through to completion.”

The fountain was presented to the town by Alderman John Rickinson to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1901.

It had been out of order for many years but despite working briefly after a major refurbishment in 2001 it has it has not worked since.

Local company C&A Pumps found a solution to the long-standing problem.

Ward Councillor Ray Martin-Wells welcomed the news and said: “I’m delighted that the fountain in Ward Jackson Park will be restored to full working order soon.

“I congratulate all who have helped throughout the process and I’m pleased to of being able to bring local businesses on board to support this at almost no cost the taxpayers of Hartlepool.”