Fountain under wraps for restoration

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A CITY centre landmark is being restored to greet its third Royal Jubilee.

The fountain in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, is under wraps while a major £170,000 overhaul takes place.

Its eight stone beasts, based on originals used at the Queen’s coronation, are being removed so specialists can begin restoration work.

And the fountain’s structure and workings will be replaced or refurbished.

The stonework is being cleaned to bring the fountain back to near its original condition, at its November 1977 unveiling by Lord Mountbatten.

It was built for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and the current work, which will be completed in April, means it will be fully operational again in time for the Diamond event next year.

Its lighting is also being replaced and upgraded.

Portsmouth City Council’s asset management project manager Dave Eastwood said: ‘It has particular significance for me as I worked on the original project in 1977. I’m really looking forward to seeing it restored to its former glory.’