Moves afoot to replace fountain’s horses

Last updated 05:00 09/04/2009
NOW YOU SEE IT: The fountain as it was originally with the brass horses.
NOW YOU DON'T: The fountain as it stands now, horses missing.

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Devonport Community Board is looking at options for replacing brass horses that were stolen from the memorial fountain at Windsor Reserve.

It is suspected the sculptures, which board chairman Mike Cohen says are valued around $20,000, were stolen because of the price of the material.

Otherwise the act was plain vandalism.

"Either way we were greatly disappointed," says Mr Cohen.

The structure is a memorial to the Boer War.

It was originally located at the site of the reserve’s bandstand before being moved next to the
street.

The board is considering how to replace it, probably with cheaper materials. It is in the process of finding a suitable place to get the design done.

The project is in the hands of the board’s community services and reserves committee chairman Roger Brittenden, who says the fountain needs to be restored and will be.

"We are just looking at what we can do."

Mr Brittenden says there has been a lot of community interest and offers from locals to resculpt the horses’ heads which would save costs.

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