Jubilee Fountain restored
LATEST NEWS: Boston's Jubilee Fountain should be back together again by the end of today (Monday) after two boys dislodged the top section a short while after it had been reconstructed on Friday. The section had been fixed with Compound SBR, a styrene butadiene latex admixture for cement systems - a chemical compound which is added to mortar and acts as a reinforcing structure. It also waterproofs and increases durability. This mix didn't go off in time before the top finial was vandalised. Steel rods and compound SBR are being used again.
The vandalised Jubilee Fountain in Boston's Central Park is back in place - strengthened and toughened with added steel and concrete.
It is also now covered by a hidden CCTV camera which keeps watch on it around the clock.
Youths damaged The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Fountain just days after it was officially switched on during The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Big Picnic in the Park earlier this year.
It became unsafe after two teenaged girls climbed onto it and rocked it loose. Parks staff had to take the structure down as far as the base pool in order to make it safe.
Two workers from the council's Fen Road depot have reinstalled the fountain. Former RAF aircraft engineer Dave Cadenhead, and his colleague Ian Redden also devised the strengthening system for the fountain.
A length of 6mm steel tubing runs down the inside of the fountain and is welded to a 10mm base plate, especially shaped to fit under the fountain's base. The tubing has steel collars where each new tier rises for extra strength. And the whole of the bottom section has been filled with concrete and expanding foam to hold everything in position and rock steady.
Cllr Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, initiated the installation and, with Boston Mayor Cllr Colin Brotherton, officially switched the fountain on at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee event.
She said: "I must praise Dave and Ian for their ingenuity and the hard work they have put in to put the fountain back together. The fountain is now much stronger, but it is to be hoped that no one else will try to spoil things for everyone by trying to damage it again. The fountain was built as a lasting memorial to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and many people contacted me to express their sadness and disgust when it was vandalised.
"If vandals do attack it they have been warned that there is a very great chance they will be caught as a CCTV camera now monitors the fountain round the clock."
Dave and Ian at work on reconstruction of the strengthened and reinforced Jubilee Fountain in Boston's Central Park.