Meeting over lost town fountain
CAMPAIGNERS have called a meeting in a bid to save Bacup town centre’s historic Coronation fountain.
The Save Bacup Fountain meeting will take place on Friday, November 9 at Rosemount Working Men’s Club in Stacksteads, from 7.30pm.
Campaigners are hoping to set up a committee to see the water feature, switched off since the 1980s, restored to the St James Square roundabout – as part of ongoing improvement works under the £2 million Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which have seen the road junctions extensively remodelled. Pete Weller, 59, from Stacksteads, said he did not believe it would take much to put the fountain back together.
He said: “I’ve been fighting to switch the fountain back on for the last few years.
“I would have thought it would have been a nice centrepiece for the THI.”
Pete added: “When I first came to Bacup in 1979 the fountain was magnificent.
“There’s a lot of people wanting to put money into it. The public paid for the fountain in the first place through donations.
“It’s our heritage and the THI should not be destroying our heritage.”
●● Moves are afoot to campaign to restore Bacup’s Coronation fountain