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Cheltenham's Neptune fountain repair helped by specialist

Neptune fountain
Image caption The fountain was built in 1893 by local company RL Boulton and Sons

A specialist conservationist has been drafted in to help repair a historic fountain in Cheltenham.

The Neptune fountain, on the Promenade, is cracked and faulty pipes mean it is malfunctioning. It is due to be switched on in May.

Chris Ryder, chairman of Cheltenham in Bloom, described the fountain as an "iconic landmark" in the town.

He said organisers had suggested spending part of a £3,000 grant on a board detailing its history.

The fountain was sculpted in 1893 by local firm RL Boulton and Sons, and is thought to have been styled on the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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