Hundreds back petition calling for fountain to be uncovered

The fountain dating back to Victorian time that is hidden under Tynemouth Longsands.
The fountain dating back to Victorian time that is hidden under Tynemouth Longsands.
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A campaign has been launched to uncover a lost piece of history.

An online petition is being backed by hundreds of people for the Victorian drinking well to be permanently uncovered on Tynemouth Longsands.

The forgotten Lion’s Head Fountain, which dates back to the 1860s, was uncovered for a day in 2010 to help raise money for the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

But now Danielle Anderson-Walker is keen to see the artefact go on permanent display.

Danielle said: “Six years on and the fountain has still not been permanently removed from the sand.

“This fountain is part of Tynemouth’s heritage yet nobody gets to see this beautiful artefact.

“How many more years is the fountain going to stay buried underneath the sand?

“Before starting the petition I contacted the council about it and they said there were talks in 2013/14 but it came to a stop because there was no funding available.

“There are different funding options available.”

A council spokesperson said: “The council has already been exploring the viability of uncovering and maintaining the fountain and, although funding is currently unavailable, we continue to look into different options which we hope will enable it to progress.”

Around 700 people have so far signed the petition at www.change.org/p/north-tyneside-council-uncover-the-victorian-drinking-well-hidden-under-the-sand-on-tynemouth-s-beach
Danielle added: “I want to get the local community onboard. This is part of Tynemouth’s history.”