FOUNTAIN: Don’t hide our heritage

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Hidden and forgotten is the Victorian fountain, which is currently buried beneath the sand on Longsands Beach, Tynemouth.

The Victorian fountain dates back to the 1860’s and is a huge part of Tynemouth’s heritage. However, nobody gets to see this beautiful fountain.

In 2010 Tynemouth Voluntary Lifebrigade was allowed by North Tyneside Council to uncover the fountain for a day. This helped to raise funds for the brigade, but the fountain had to be covered up by the sand at the end of the day. So once again, the Victorian fountain is hidden from the public eye and forgotten about.

This is something I feel passionate about, and I know the local community does too.

I have set up a petition to get the community on board so that the council can see how important this is to our local heritage. The petition has gained over 600 signatures and is growing day by day.

To sign the petition, please go to www.change.org and search for the Victorian Fountain Tynemouth.

Let’s try to persuade the local council to uncover the fountain and put it on display for all to see.

How many more years does this fountain have to sit hidden under the sand?

Danielle Anderson-Walker

West Monkseaton