Fountains spring into action

JONATHAN REDHEAD It has taken eight months, £400,000 and half a kilometre of pipework to complete but Lowestoft's latest attraction will spring into life this Sunday.

JONATHAN REDHEAD

It has taken eight months, £400,000 and half a kilometre of pipework to complete but Lowestoft's latest attraction will spring into life this Sunday.

The Royal Plain fountains, part of the £14.7m Waveney Sunrise Scheme, will finally be switched on a special ceremony at midday.

Comedian and entertainer Bernie Clifton and a look-alike of the Queen, will be on hand to start the 74 water jets, which can spurt water up to 10ft high.

Nearly 15,000 paving slabs have been laid around the fountains, to form a plaza centrepiece of Royal Plain, in an area that was formerly a car park.

Project manager Paul Moss said: “The vision of the project team is for the Royal Plain fountains to very quickly become established as a tourist attraction and provide a great new play facility for children of all ages.

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“The enhanced plaza area and gateway to the south beach and esplanade will now have a really attractive focal point by day and will also create an illuminated spectacle at night.”

The fountains will be on from dawn until 11pm every day.

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