Pictures could hold key to Tyneside restoration

More than £5.2 million is being spent returning Wallsend Parks to their former glory, including rebuilding and reinstating The Duffy Memorial Fountain.

However, details of the fountain are sketchy and those behind the restoration are hoping people will have photos to help pinpoint the design details.

In 1901 when the town officially became a borough, Joseph Duffy was elected to the new council and became mayor in 1909. He died in office the following year.

The fountain was unveiled in 1912 as a result of a competition held by Joseph Duffy's children to design a memorial of their father.

Existing photographs and old measurements have allowed for a rebuild of the memorial to be commissioned, but finer details are needed.

Photographs can be emailed to wallsendparks@northtyneside.gov.uk or given to Carl McClean on 0191 6437897.

"The monument is an important part and key not only to the history of Richardson Dees Park but to Wallsend's history, too.

If anyone has any photographs I would urge them to contact the council."

– George Westwater, North Tyneside councillor