Happy memory of Peace Fountain
Who would have thought the proposed destruction of the fountain in Memorial Park would have brought back such happy memories of happy days of so many now grown up Te Awamutu boys who used to play there for hours.
I had no idea of the importance of the fountain and its place in our history or that it used to be part of a very beautiful memorial and was known as the Peace Fountain.
It was these same boys, now grown men, who have contacted me to say “save the fountain” and “could the Council restore the park to its original state again”.
Interestingly several of those boys are now running the Council, so I think our RSA president Lou Brown will have no problem with presenting his organisation’s need to see the park again reflect the history of past wars, as was its purpose. Past photos show what a lovely place the park was and my hope is that everyone will again see the meaning of the Peace Fountain that needed to be reflective of such a devastating war and loss of life that happened.
Thanks must go to Dean Taylor and Marc Dawson for the front page article that galvanised our folk into action to save the fountain.
I would also like to thank them, and others, for sharing their stories of their boyhood in Memorial Park and over the bridge that is to be replaced.
Health and safety regulations will never allow kids to have that sort of fun and adventure in today’s world.
Let’s hope that we never again need to create such a lovely park to remember our fallen soldiers.