A monument that is listed

The official switch-on of Robertson's Pant, Alnwick, which has been restored to working order by Alnwick Civic Society, Alnwick Chamber of Trade and Alnwick Town Council. From left, Civic Society member Peter Reed, chairman of the reacreation and amenities committee of the council Coun Sue Patience, David Taylor, from the Chamber of Trade, Mayor of Alnwick Coun Bill Grisdale, Civic Society treasurer Gillian Parker and her dog Daisy, and Civic Society members Jean and David Lovie. Ref: PLNG 290613 pant
The official switch-on of Robertson's Pant, Alnwick, which has been restored to working order by Alnwick Civic Society, Alnwick Chamber of Trade and Alnwick Town Council. From left, Civic Society member Peter Reed, chairman of the reacreation and amenities committee of the council Coun Sue Patience, David Taylor, from the Chamber of Trade, Mayor of Alnwick Coun Bill Grisdale, Civic Society treasurer Gillian Parker and her dog Daisy, and Civic Society members Jean and David Lovie. Ref: PLNG 290613 pant

A prominent feature of Alnwick town centre is back in full working order for the first time in 15 years.

The imposing Robertson’s Pant fountain in Bondgate Within was turned off towards the end of the millennium when pedestrians complained of being splashed on windy days.

But a project to restore the famous Alnwick pants has been spearheaded by Alnwick Civic Society and Alnwick Chamber of Trade and supported by Alnwick Town Council and Bailiffgate Museum.

And, on Saturday, the Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale unveiled the small jet of water , which is timed to squirt during summer days.

Coun Grisdale said: “The quality of our heritage is important to the economy of Alnwick and to jobs.

“It’s always good to see community groups with different interests coming together and finding common ground which benefits the town.”

Peter Reed, a member of the Civic Society and leader of the pants project, said: “Both the Civic Society and the Chamber of Trade came up with the idea of doing something around the pants at the end of last year.

“They’re attractive and give something else for visitors to look at and we thought they were under-appreciated.

“We’ve also produced a leaflet so people can read about the history of them.”

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of the Alnwick Chamber of Trade, said: “It’s a beautiful fountain and it’s a shame that nobody has seen it working for the last 15 years.

“The traders of Alnwick hope that initiatives like this will encourage visitors to explore more of the town and add to their enjoyment.”

The fountain will now operate until 4pm every day until September to gauge public opinion before deciding its future.

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