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Manchester Eyewitness : SATURDAY, JULY 3RD, 1948


ALDERMAN SIR WILLIAM KAY set off an explosion at Newton, near Clitheroe on Wednesday. The ceremony marked the official start of work on this section of the Haweswater Aqueduct Scheme. The aqueduct will eventually bring 12,000,000 gallons of lakeland water from Haweswater via Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Accrington, Haslingden and Bury to Manchester's Heaton Park reservoir, a distance of 74 miles. The job will take 800 men six to seven years to complete, at a cost of £2,500,000

Relocation of the Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain
An historic water feature, originally built in 1897, to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee returned to Albert Square following an absence of over seventy years. The fountain was restored to its former glory, by MEDC in partnership with the City Architect and North West Water Limited. The project marked the centenary of the opening of the Thirlmere Aqueduct.

MEDC were responsible for the management of the project, design of the underground plant room, foundations of the fountain, lighting and site supervision of its relocation. The project deservedly received a prestigious Civic Trust Award.