Pelham Place fountain reopens amid fanfare

Pelham fountain
Pelham fountain

The fountain on Pelham Place roundabout was officially switched on last Saturday (July 26) after a major refurbishment.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the launch.

The event began with a procession of illuminated bicycles that made their way from the pier to the roundabout led by Bernie Goldman and his music box.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, the council’s leader, shouted the opening speech to each side of the street and everyone cheered as the water spouted up for the first time in many years and the new lighting system came on.

Councillor Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for amenities, said: “Extensive refurbishment work began in April when the pipe work and dishes were restored and replaced where necessary and a modern LED lighting system was put in place.

“We have also installed three new pumps and a wind detector that will ensure that water and electricity are used sustainably.

“We are absolutely delighted with the finished result which has occurred just over 50 years after the original installation in the 1960s.

“Residents and visitors will now be able to enjoy the fountain in all its magnificent glory.

“Our thanks must go to our contractors Chris Thayre Swimming Pools and Alpha Electrics for their guidance and design of the new system and to The Landscape Group, which has offered to sponsor the maintenance of the bedding for 2014. We will work with The Landscape Group to design a more permanent landscaping feature for next year.”