Meet­ing over lost town foun­tain

Rossendale Free Press - - Time-Trip -

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

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